With harsh temperatures, precipitation, low temperatures and unpredictability, winter is one of the most dangerous times to drive. Road safety starts with safety in your vehicle. That's why it's important to know how to prepare your car for winter before the season begins.
Follow this list of 10 tips for winterizing your car before the first snowfall or ice storm.
- Make sure your car has been recently serviced for oil change and fluid level inspection.
- Have your battery tested to make sure it can hold a charge. And when you are at the service workshop, ask them to remove any battery corrosion.
- Have a professional check your antifreeze. If necessary, you can replace your antifreeze before the start of the winter season.
- As part of an overall inspection, have a professional check your car's belts, hoses and spark plugs to avoid breakdowns in cold winter temperatures.  Replace your wiper blades. and have a few extras in the car. When the windscreen wipers wear down, they can cause water dirt on the windscreen and become more dangerous during winter driving. To prevent wear, use an ice scraper to clear ice from the windshield instead of the wipers. It is also important to make sure that your wiper fluid is frost resistant and that you have extra wiper fluid in your vehicle.
- Check your tire pressure. Many cars warn the owner when air is needed due to weather variations, but it never hurts to have a meter on hand. Your instruction manual will recommend the appropriate tire pressure for different driving conditions. Remember that cold weather can cause tires to deflate.
- Do not wait until the last minute to buy snow tires. If you live in rural areas where roads are less likely to be cleared, it is especially important to get snow tires as soon as possible.
- Test your four-wheel drive. Since you probably have not used it since last winter, check this setting now so that you are prepared for the first snowstorm of the year.
- Try to keep a full tank of gas, especially in freezing conditions. A full tank can help prevent frozen gas lines and other headaches. It can also keep you warm while you wait for road rescue in the event of a weather.
- Pack an emergency package for each car in your household. We recommend that you have these 14 items, such as blankets, a flashlight and warning triangles, at hand.
Now that you know how to prepare your car for winter weather, talk to one of our local, independent agents to get the right car insurance coverage as well. Our agents are knowledgeable and ready to talk to you.