Carry emergency gear, including tire chains, window scraper, flares, a small shovel, jumper cables, and a small bag of sand or salt.
Ask an Authorized Mazda Dealer to check the following:
Have the proper ratio of antifreeze in the radiator.
Refer to Engine Coolant (Search).
Inspect the battery and its cables. Cold reduces battery capacity.
Use an engine oil appropriate for the lowest ambient temperatures that the vehicle will be driven in (Search).
Inspect the ignition system for damage and loose connections.
Use washer fluid made with antifreeze―but do not use engine coolant antifreeze for washer fluid (Search).
Remove snow before driving. Snow left on the windshield is dangerous as it could obstruct vision.
Do not apply excessive force to a window scraper when removing ice or frozen snow on the mirror glass and windshield.
Never use warm or hot water for removing snow or ice from windows and mirrors as it could result in the glass cracking.
Drive slowly. Braking performance can be adversely affected if snow or ice adheres to the brake components. If this situation occurs, drive the vehicle slowly, releasing the accelerator pedal and lightly applying the brakes several times until the brake performance returns to normal.