With winter weather just around the corner, it’s important to take time to prepare your car for snow and cold temperatures. Winterizing your car can help your vehicle run smoothly all winter long, while keeping your family safe. Here are six easy ways you can prep your car for cold weather, from TODAY Money:
- Check your oil
According to TODAY Money, oil thickens as it gets colder, but if it’s too thick it won’t keep the engine lubricated correctly. Your car’s owner’s manual can give you insight on which types of oil are best to use in different climates and temperatures.
- Replace wiper blades
Did you know the typical lifespan for windshield wiper blades effectiveness is just one year? Your wiper blades are your first defense for keeping your vision obstruction-free, so pick up a new set if yours are getting old.
- Get a battery check-up
Is your car battery more than three years old? Visit a repair shop to test its ability to stay charged. Also check to be sure the battery’s connections aren’t corroding and that the battery has sufficient water.
- Check tire pressure
When the thermometer drops, tire air pressure drops too. For tire traction to work its best, tires need to be properly inflated. Consult your owner’s manual to find out what the target tire pressure should be for your car and make sure your tires maintain that level of pressure throughout the year.
- Consider snow tires
Special tires made specifically for driving during the snowy months can help improve traction for your car. Snow tires can be especially helpful for those that live in particularly hilly areas that receive a lot of snow.
- Prepare an emergency kit
If your car breaks down in the winter, you don’t want to be caught unprepared. An emergency kit that you keep in your car can help keep you and your family safe. A basic kit could include: blankets, warm boots and gloves, extra water and food, flares, a first aid kit and more.
With the right preparation, your vehicle can stay in great working shape and protected throughout winter. Interested in learning more about protecting your car? The AssuredPartners NL individual insurance team can work with you to make sure your vehicle is properly covered. To learn more or to contact an agent, visit: AssuredPartners NL Vehicle Insurance.