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Preparing Your Car for Winter {And an $80 Tire Rebate}

Preparing Your Car for Winter

What we woke up to after an overnight snow last year — oops!

The change in the seasons has hit us fast and furious here in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia (although thankfully that just means chilly fall weather and not actual snow!).

After debating for several days about switching out the summer/fall clothes, the cold temperatures each morning convinced me that fall is here to stay, and I tackled one of my least favorite chores. {We just need to finish trying on winter snow clothes and we’re done!}

This morning it’s 38 degrees outside, so I think we made the right decision!

Last year, we learned the hard way the importance of getting your car ready for the winter as well. As we headed out on Christmas Eve, in snow showers that would end up giving us a beautiful white Christmas, we experienced quite a bit of slipping and sliding on the road. While the number of cars pulled over on the side of the road — or, worse, in ditches — suggested it wasn’t just us having trouble, there was no doubt that our tires needed to be replaced ASAP, which we did just as soon as the snow cleared and we could safely drive it back to town.

The holidays are coming at lightning speed, whether you like it or not, and now is a great time to make sure your car is ready for your holiday travel — whether that’s near or far. Here are three ways to prepare your car for winter today:

1. Check your tire pressure & wear, fluid levels, etc.

To check your tire pressure, first refer to your owner’s manual for the recommended tire pressure for your car. Then, use a tire gauge (if you don’t have one, many gas station air pumps have one built in) to check the air pressure. If it’s too low, add more air; too high, let some out. Recheck the pressure until it’s within the recommended range.

Then, visually check the wear on your tires. The tread should be evenly worn across each tire; uneven wear can indicate poorly aligned or imbalanced tires or improper pressure.

In addition to checking your tire pressure and wear before you head out for holiday road trips, be sure to check the wiper fluid, engine oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid and power steering fluid levels. Or schedule a tune up at your favorite shop and ask them to check them for you!

2. Keep blankets, hats & gloves in the car.

We usually keep a warm blanket in the car for each of the girls to snuggle under in their carseats on cold winter mornings, and the added benefit of this is that if we breakdown and end up stranded on the side of the road, we’ll be able to keep a little warmer! In addition, I think it’s a good idea to keep a hat and a pair of gloves in the car for each person not only to protect little heads and fingers from the cold if you breakdown but also for various winter outings. The key, though, is to corral them in a basket or bin and make sure they’re put back each time you use them!

3. Make a winter survival kit.

Although we never think we’ll need them, now is a great time to make sure you have a basic survival kit in your trunk. In addition to the blankets, hats & gloves that you might use on a regular basis, include things like: a gallon of water, non-perishable snacks (jerky, snack bars, etc.), flares, a shovel, a flashlight, cat litter and a first aid kit. Hopefully you won’t ever have to break into the kit (except to replenish the snacks before they go bad!), but it is better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it!

$80 Rebate When You Buy Hankook Tires

If your tires are showing signs of needing to be replaced, don’t forget this special rebate offer:

The new Ventus S1 noble2 tire from Hankook offers an asymmetric tread pattern and four-channel rib design to give you extra confidence and handling in wet conditions. They’re also designed to prevent unwanted road noise, increase your grip around corners and improve winter condition traction. With a 50,000-mlle limited treadwear warranty, these tires are designed to last!

For a limited time, select tires are eligible of the 2013 Great Catch Mail-In Rebate offer! Get $80 back when you purchase a set of one of the following:

  • Ventus V12 evo (Ultra-High Performance Summer)
  • Ventus S1 noble2 (Ultra-High Performance All-Season)
  • Optimo H727 (Premium Touring All-Season)
  • Dynapro HT (Premium Highway All-Season Light Truck/SUV)

Click here to learn more!

Before your holiday schedule gets crazy, take care of your car now – especially your tires. Save with Hankook Tire’s Great Hit Rebate, $80 off a set of 4 Ventus S1 noble2 tires.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hankook Tires. The opinions and text are all mine.