Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter Driving
Winter driving comes with many challenges. This checklist will help you prepare yourself and your vehicle for many of them.
|PREVENT SLIDING||Worn or low tires decrease traction, which increases your stopping distance and reduces your overall level of control.||Check tire treads and pressure. Replace worn tires or install winter tires; inflate low tires.|
|DON’T LOSE POWER||Cold weather can strain a battery and cause starting problems.||Test battery voltage, starter, and alternator. Inspect the cables, and clean the battery terminals.|
|ENSURE STOPPAGE||Cold, moisture and salt take a toll on brakes, reducing their effectiveness.||Have your brakes inspected and serviced.|
|STAY FLUID||Neglected fluids are a common cause of engine and parts trouble; proactive attention to fluids can prevent untimely issues.||Check the oil and antifreeze, brake, and washer fluids. Flush and replace as needed.|
|MAINTAIN VISIBILITY||Packed snow and ice cause wiper blades to streak, or worn blades miss the glass altogether and impair sightlines.||Replace wiper blades. Winter-specific blades are available that push snow and ice more easily.|
|CLEAR THE WAY||Clogged air filters can reduce heater airflow and put stress on the blower motor.||Replace all dirty filters, including air, fuel, PCV, and others.|
|STOCK UP||Know the expected timeframe for winter weather to arrive in the region you will be driving, and stock your vehicle with the appropriate tools and necessities.||Must-haves: ice scraper and shovel, sand or road salt, jumper cables, tire inflator spray, flashlight, phone charger, first aid kit, warm blanket and extra clothing, non-perishable food, and bottled water. Keep the gas tank at least ½ full.|
To make sure you’ve got the right safety and insurance protection in winter and all driving weather, contact Holman Insurance Services.
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