Here in San Francisco, winterizing your car basically means firing up the defroster in the morning. But, for most of the country, winter casts a slightly more potent spell. Though powder-white snow and gleaming ice crystals make for beautiful scenery, these elements can cause dangerous road conditions and wreak havoc on your car.

With that in mind, our friends at SpareFoot (who offer car storage services around the country) have created this helpful infographic with 7 simple steps for getting your car winter ready.

Chock full of useful winterizing tips — like checking your fluids and keeping kitty litter in your trunk — this infographic is handy for anyone currently (or soon to be) experiencing the cold shoulder from Jack Frost.

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More tips for winter

Cables, kitty litter, and kafka: check out the top 11 must-haves for your winter car kit
Face down the fiercest winter conditions with these all-star winter driving tips
Winterize your home to avoid these 6 nightmare scenarios

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Ride a motorcycle? We also have tips on how to winterize your bike.

For another way to get prepared, take a look at our winter driving safety tips.

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about Jessica

During her time as senior copywriter at Esurance, Jessica wrote about everything from automotive trends to insurance tips to driving dogs (it’s a thing!). In her free time, you can find Jessica hiking with her dog (who cannot drive), devouring a good mystery, or very slowly learning Spanish.