Winterizing Your Vehicle

Winterizing Your VehicleAs the weather changes and gets colder, winter road safety is likely on your mind. While you want to make sure you have the best Champaign Auto Insurance to protect you in the event something does happen, here are a few tips to help prepare you car for the cold winter ahead to help prevent disaster from striking.

Debris- The leaves changing colors and falling from the trees may be pretty but they can wreak havoc on your vehicle. Make sure to clean all leaves and debris from your car. Debris buildup can cause leaks and corrosion.

Tires- Water and ice on the road means you want to make sure your tires are winter ready. Consider getting a set of winter tires that provide better traction when the roads get slippery. Make sure that any tires you use are in good condition and have plenty of tread. You should also check tire pressure. As the temperature drops, the pressure in your tires will drop. Underinflated tires are more likely to hydroplane, as they cannot grip as well as properly inflated tires.

Wipers– Wiper blades have an average life span of one year so be sure to check your wipers before the heavy rains and snow start. Turn your wipers off when you turn off the car so that the motor doesn’t burn out trying to start up right away when the wipers are frozen.

Battery- The cold of winter puts excessive strain on your car’s battery. Be sure to check that it is fully charged and working well before you head out to your car on a chilly morning and find out it wont start.

Underbelly- The under-carriage of your car is full of low-hanging air dams and panels that can easily be damaged driving over a snowdrift. Make sure to check that there are no loose parts that could be severely damaged.

Engine- If you have followed regular maintenance schedules for your vehicle, chances are your engine’s coolant is good to go for winter. If you have not kept up with maintenance, be sure to get your coolant levels checked to help prevent the engine from freezing.

Lights- Make sure your headlights and taillights are clean and clear for easier visibility in the gloom of winter. A coat of fresh wax can help prevent water and ice buildup on the lights.

Survival Kit- Every vehicle should be equipped with a small survival kit that includes: a space blanket, whistle, water, flashlight and/or candle and a small pocketknife. Make sure that the emergency survival kit is easily accessible. Even the best kit won’t do any good if you can’t get to it in the event of an emergency.

At Myers Insurance Group we know how important it is to stay safe during the winter months. Call us today to find out more information on our Auto Insurance Policies. 855.534.5707

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