Jones Junction offers a number of tips on its website to ensure a vehicle is ready for winter and cold weather.
Check the tire tread to ensure there's plenty of tread depth left. If the tires look bald in some spots, it may be time to replace them. Likewise, check tire pressure to ensure each tire is inflated to the factory-recommended pressure.
Brake linings, rotors and drums should also be inspected. This can also be done during an oil-change at a full-service garage such as a Jones Junction service center.
All vehicle fluids should also be checked to ensure they are at proper levels. This can also be done during an oil change, too.
The connection to the battery should also be clean and corrosion-free. If the battery has experienced any issues, these could be worse when the weather gets cold. It's better to replace a suspect battery.
Even the engine needs a checkup if a driver notices issues such as delays in acceleration or poor fuel economy.
Windshield wipers are extremely important in cold, wintry weather. If they haven't been replaced in a year or greater, or if they don't clean the windows well, replace them.
Keep a winter kit in the car that includes a blanket, spare gloves, an ice scraper, flashlight and even a small shovel. Any of these could come in handy during a problem on the road.