It may not feel like it here in North Georgia, but winter weather is fast approaching.
There is nothing worse than your car breaking down in the middle of the road during the winter. When you know that the temperature is about to drop, you have to make sure that your car is ready for the weather.
Here are a few things you should do to make sure your car is ready for the winter.
Cold weather makes existing car problems worse.
These are the different maintenance procedures you should do in order to avoid having car troubles during the winter:
- If your car is having hard starts or any other engine problems, have it checked and fixed right away.
- If you’re already due for a tune-up, have it done before the weather starts to cool.
- Refill all your fluids – oil, coolants, transmission fluid, brakes, etc.
- Replace your air and fuel filters, keep your gas tank filled, and flush and refill your car’s cooling system.
- Inspect all your lights and bulbs. If there are any that need replacement, have them changed right away. Also, make sure that your lenses aren’t clouded. This will help in driver visibility, especially when the fog is getting thick.
- Make sure that your heater and defroster are working properly.
- Replace your old blades. If at all possible, get some rubber-clad blades to aid in removing ice buildup. Save yourselves the trouble too and purchase a windshield washer solvent and an ice scraper – you’ll never know when you’re really going to need it.
- Check your battery. If you suspect that you have a weak battery that may not be able to withstand the cold weather, have it checked by a professional.
- Inspect your tires. Periodically have them rotated and make sure they have enough air. Constant use of the car would result in flat tires, so you have to make sure that your tires are in tip-top shape. Replace tires that are too worn out. When you have the feeling that snow in your area would end up quite deep, consider getting yourself some snow or winter tires.
- Make sure your tires have a good grip, so you don’t slip while you’re on the road.
- Get yourself some all-weather floor mats, to help protect your car’s interiors.
Stock up for emergencies
Sometimes, despite being able to do your routine checkup and maintaining your car well, there may still be a possibility of breaking down while on the road.
In the event that does happen, you have to be well prepared too. So, make sure to stock up on these essentials:
- A pair of gloves
- Jumper cables
- A flashlight
- First-aid kit
- Small shovel and sand
- Extra batteries (for your flashlight)
- Small knife
- Ice scraper
- Some snacks, preferably energy bars
- Bottled water
- Cellular phone
- Car charger
You should always ensure your safety more than anything else.
By having your car routinely checked and prepared for any weather condition, you are making sure that nothing bad will happen to you and your passengers while on the road.
Also, in the event that something unfortunate happens, make sure that your car has insurance – you’ll want to be properly covered.
Shawn is the CFO and Co-Founder of Signature Insurance Group. In addition to his being raised in a family whose involvement in the insurance industry stretches back six generations, he has personally been in the business since 1999.
Shawn enjoys spending time with his wife, Holly, and three sons, Braxton, Hudson, and Maddox.
Shawn can be reached at Shawn@SIGWinder.com.