Pennsylvania is known for its gorgeous weather throughout the spring into the autumn. But many residents know that the state also has its fair share of nasty snow storms through December and January.

Drivers need to take advantage of the nice fall weather and implement some preparation before the snow hits the highways later this year.

Prepare an emergency kit

While emergency kits are always crucial for drivers to keep in their vehicles, it’s incredibly important that every driver incorporates a kit with a few additional items, including:

  • A flashlight with spare batteries
  • Jumper cables
  • A small shovel
  • Kitty litter or salt
  • Flares
  • Matches
  • Food and water
  • Spare blankets and gloves

Once you have the kit in your car, make sure you monitor supplies or food and water as you use them over time.

Replace your wiper blades

Wiper blades usually play a large role in late fall and early winter as the snowfall is more an ice/rain mixture. And you need to have well-functioning wiper blades to ensure you have proper visibility while driving.

If you aren’t sure if you need to replace your wipers, you should look for major streaks whenever you use them – this usually indicates the rubber is wearing out and not making full contact with the windshield. You can also look for cuts or cracks in the blades themselves to see if a replacement is necessary.

Perform a basic maintenance check

Staying on top of routine maintenance is crucial for any car, but you must perform one right before the winter begins. It makes sure that you are hitting the road with the best and safest vehicle possible.

In the maintenance check, you can ask the mechanic to check the air filters and battery, change the oil, change to winter tires if you commute often.

These are just three simple steps to ensure your car is winter-ready when December rolls in.