We’ve said it before, but we are extremely grateful to live in the Midwest where we get to experience the beauty of all four seasons. Unfortunately, this means that our cars experience all four seasons as well, including harsh winters. With snowy, icy conditions right around the corner, it’s important that you prepare your vehicle for inclement weather ahead of time. Follow the easy winter driving tips below to ensure you and your car make it to spring unharmed.
- Get a full mechanical check-up on your vehicle.
Make sure your vehicle is running flawlessly by getting your battery, lights, engine and oil checked before the first snowfall. The cold weather can be especially harsh on your vehicle, so making sure every part is properly functioning can make a big difference.
- Replace old wiper blades, filters and tires.
Bald tires, bad filters and inadequate wiper blades can be a nightmare when snow begins to fall. Making sure these items are in proper working condition can be the difference between staying on the road or landing yourself in a ditch.
- Keep your gas tank at least a quarter full.
By keeping your gas tank as far away from empty as possible, you’ll ensure that your gas lines don’t freeze up when temperatures dip below freezing.
- Keep an emergency supply kit in your car.
An ice scraper, jumper cables, non-perishable food items, gloves and hand warmers are just a few things you should include in your supply kit. Interested in more supply kit ideas? Find the Department of Homeland Security’s emergency supply kit suggestions here.
- Always wear your seatbelt!
Did you know that more than half of adults and teens who died in a vehicle collision in 2015 were unrestrained at the time of the crash? Every time you get into your vehicle, make sure all passengers, including yourself, put their seatbelt on properly.
Following these easy winter safety tips will help protect you and your family from the potential dangers of winter weather. However, we also know that accidents can happen despite all your preparation. All of us at Lindow Insurance will be there to support you in case these accidents happen to you. Be sure to give us a call if you have any questions about your auto insurance coverage. Stay safe on the roads this winter!