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By February 13, 2014 2 Comments

Winter Car Tips for Travel Nurses

These winter car tips for Travel Nurses will help you safely through the rest of the snowy season.

These winter car tips for Travel Nurses will help you safely through the rest of the snowy season.

With so many areas of the U.S. being hit hard this year with snowstorms and artic temps — and even more polar problems bearing down this week — we thought it was a good time to share a little checklist of winter car tips for Travel Nurses.

Cold weather can exacerbate automobile issues, so it’s important to be extra careful in winter. Follow these tips to keep yourself safely moving on wintry roads.

Check the Air and Treads on Your Tires

According to AAA, you should check your air pressure monthly. Look to your manual for your proper pressure level, test it, and add air if necessary. While you’re at it, be sure to eyeball your treads. If they look worn out, you may need to visit the tire shop.

Check Your Battery

Extreme temps can wear down car batteries, which generally have a 3-5 year lifespan. You can get your battery tested at most any mechanic’s shop. Always travel with a pair of jumper cables, just in case! Some road-warriors even travel with car battery charger, which generally require an outlet.

Fill ‘er Up!

Always try to keep your tank as close to full as possible.

Find a Great Mechanic — Wherever You Are

Too bad your awesome mechanic from back home can’t just travel with you! Ask local friends, Travelers, or even consult an online forum like Healthcare Travelbook to find a good one on the road.

Always Travel with a Roadside Emergency Kit

You could include a flashlight (LED is best), blanket(s), non-perishable food, water, jumper cables, flares, a first-aid kit, fresh batteries, Fix-a-Flat (in addition to a spare), h and sanitizer, an emergency radio, h and -warmers, fire-starters, a knife and /or scissors, and some duct tape — which always seems to come in h and y.

A few other quick tips:

  • Keep up on your oil changes — Use the recommended oil and be sure to check the filter too!
  • Check your antifreeze.
  • Have a pro inspect your belts and hoses before any long drives.
  • Make sure your wipers are in good condition and your washer fluid is full.

When in doubt, always feel free to visit a mechanic or full-service gas station with questions. You are better off safe than sorry when it comes to cold weather and driving!

Do you have any other tips to share with your fellow Travelers? Let us know in the comments.

Posted in: Life on the Road

About the Author:

Hi, I'm Sarah Wengert, a creative content writer for the amazing Medical Solutions based in Omaha, Nebraska. While I'm not a travel nurse, I love to travel and I truly appreciate the hard, important work that nurses do. I'm very happy to represent a company that cares so much about its people. Thanks for reading!

2 Comments on "Winter Car Tips for Travel Nurses"

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  1. Mike says:

    Yes you are right, Extreme cold conditions can wear down your car batteries, you can use a battery warmer and cover your car battery with a car warmer. That helps a lot.

  2. Sarah Wengert


    Oooh, excellent tip, Mike. Thanks!

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