Preparing to Drive in Bad Weather

Storm season comes every year, whether it comes as winter weather, hurricanes, tornadoes or hail, the best way to prepare is to get your vehicle ready.

When a storm is coming, it’s best to make sure your car is prepared with the tools you’ll need. Make sure you have a full tank of gas and your oil, antifreeze and other fluids are full. Follow these other preparations to stay ready for whatever the weather throws your way.

  • Check your tires: Deflated or worn down tires won’t help you if you’re caught in wet, icy or snowy conditions. If worn, get them rotated or replaced for optimal traction, and check the air regularly.

  • Lights: Make sure all the lights outside your car are working, that includes headlights, taillights, brake lights and blinker lights.

  • Battery: Check your battery for corrosion or other problems to ensure it’s working correctly. We have more tips about car batteries here.

  • Vents: Is your defroster and heat vents working properly? Make sure your heat and air conditioning including the vents are in working order. You don’t want to get stuck in a storm and freeze or have the view out your windows obstructed by frost or fog.

  • Wiper blades: Check out your blades for wear and dirt. Try cleaning them or replace them if they show signs of too much wear and tear.

It’s a good idea to prepare yourself and your car in case you break down or have another roadside emergency. Keep an emergency kit in the car that will be useful if you get stranded. It should include:

  • First aid kit
  • Blankets
  • Flare guns
  • Emergency contacts and medical lists
  • Camera
  • Water
  • Flashlight
  • Kitty litter
  • Tool kit
  • Spare tire with jack
  • Tire sealant
  • Gloves
  • Reflective hazard triangle
  • Auto insurance and roadside assistance information

If you are traveling in cold weather, it is a good idea to supplement your emergency kit with

  • Window scraper
  • De-icer
  • Blanket
  • Handwarmers
  • Kitty litter

For more information, visit one of our Direct Auto Insurance locations, visit us online at or call us at 1-877-GO-Direct (1-877-463-4732).