As the weather gets colder and it begins snowing, you need to make sure your car can handle those conditions. For everyone who has to commute in this nasty weather, here are some tips to help you keep you and your car safe.
Get an Oil Change
During the cold months, oil can thicken and not do a good job of lubricating the engine. Be sure you check to see what kind of oil is right for your vehicle during the winter months.
Check Your Battery
The last thing you want is to be stranded somewhere during a snowstorm because of a dead battery. Visit your local repair shop and have them test your battery and make sure it can make it through the winter. If you need to replace it, now is the best time to.
Test Your Windshield Wipers and Fluid
Be sure that your windshield wipers are working well and that you have enough washer fluid in your car. The snow and salt on the roads that get on your windshield can make for a difficult drive. Visibility is crucial whenever you are driving, and if you are not able to clearly see it can put you and other drivers in harm. Besides your windshield wipers, be sure to make sure your defroster is working as well.
Check Tire Pressure
In order to have proper traction on the road, your tires need to be inflated. This is even more important when there is snow and ice on the road that makes it tougher for your car to gain traction. It is important to check your tire pressure to make sure your tires have enough air in them.
Many people use all-season tires, but, if you are in an area that gets hit with a lot of snow or your drive involves a lot of winding and hilly roads, snow tires may be a good investment.
Does your current coverage include things such as roadside assistance? If not, you may want to explore your options and talk to an insurance agent.