How to Prepare Your Car For Winter Driving
Driving in the winter time can be a different experience each day. On Monday it may be snowy, on Tuesday it may be icy, on Wednesday it may be slushy, and then it’s bone dry by the weekend. It is extremely important to be aware of the weather and road conditions when driving at all times of the year but especially important in the winter.
Most cars are built tough and can withstand the variable weather conditions with no problem. There are a few things, however, you can and should help ensure your car is ready to withstand the winter elements and ultimately keep you safe driving on the roads, whether they be covered in ice, snow, or slush.
Winterizing Your Car
No matter how dependable your car may be, now is a good time to be prepared for anything the winter weather might bring you on the road.
Regular Car Maintenance
As the temperatures drop it is a great time to check up on regular maintenance and upkeep of your car. If you have been putting off getting an oil change or finding out why your “check engine light” is on. Now is the time to do it. You don’t want to find yourself stranded on the side of the road in a snow storm.
Check Your Tires
When it comes to driving on ice and snow, your tires are the most important aspect of your car keeping you safe on the road. This time of year it is important to check tires in multiple ways..
- Tire tread- the tread of your tires is what will help your vehicle grip the road. If your tread is worn down, you may find yourself sliding all over the road. You can use the penny test to check your tread at home. Simply slide a penny into the treads with Lincoln’s head at the top. You want his head to not be visible. If his entire head is visible, it’s time for new tires.
- Tire Pressure- Low tire pressure can be especially dangerous on winter roads. You can check and fill your tires for free at many gas stations. If you don’t have experience doing this, you can always take it into a professional to be sure it’s done right.
- Consider Snow Tires- Snow tires are a good option for harsh winter weather conditions, especially for smaller cars who are more prone to slip or get stuck in the snow. These tires have greater threat than usual tires but do make your MPG go down, so they should only be used in the winter.
Check Your Heater
Make sure the heater in your vehicle is working properly. It is best to do this before it gets too cold or you’ll be sorry on your drive to get it fixed in the first ice storm. Heating your vehicle is not just for your comfort but also helps your car run better in the winter.
Check Your Battery
When it is cold outside your battery capacity lessens. For this reason it is important that you have a fully functional and powerful battery in the winter. Have your battery fluids and cables checked by a local professional to ensure full function.
Car Emergency Kit
This time of year, it isn’t a bad idea to create a car emergency kit or at least be sure you have the essentials along with you. Blankets, extra winter clothing gear such as jackets, hats, mittens, boots, or snow pants are great to include. In addition to year round needs like jumper cables and a few tools, be sure to also add a shovel, flashlight, and even sand for when you find yourself in an incey situation.
Quality Car Insurance
You want to be sure to have quality car Insurance Coverage in Springfield, Ohio year round, but it is especially important in the winter. When we help prepare them, our cars do a good job of keeping us safe and on the road, but when accidents happen, will you be covered?
Contact our team at Link-Hellmuth Insurance Agency and we will help you find the best car insurance coverage at the best rates.