Prepare Your Vehicle For The Winter
Updated: Oct 7
We might not experience snow here in the south, but it definitely gets extremely cold- even below 32 degrees. With the cold weather heading this way, do you believe your vehicle is ready for a safe driver? Take a moment and look at the following tips we have prepared for you.
Remember to keep your gas more than a half. If there is a lot of empty space in your gas tank, the moisture will start to build up which can eventually freeze causing significant damage.
Wondering if you need winter tires? It is always recommended. However, you definitely need to make sure that your tires are not worn. You should check tire pressures on a weekly basis to ensure safe travels. Tires tend to deflate once the temperature gets around 32 degrees and with the lower tire pressure, it gets worn quicker.
Inspect and service your brakes if needed. Brakes are under much more strain during the winter season. You will drive over different roads (cold, dry, wet, slushy, etc.) and your brakes will be tested all the time.
Change your wiper blades once a year. Even though we don’t expect a lot of snow, there is a chance that our windshield may have some freeze which will cause a bit of damage to the blades. Additionally, get yourself winter windshield washer fluid as others can freeze due to the cold weather.
Battery capacity decreases significantly in cold weather, and it’s important to ensure its peak performance. How to do so? Visit the nearest mechanic. If you can, you should try to keep your car in the garage and avoid leaving it out in freezing cold weather.
Check your antifreeze and have your coolant system flushed in the fall before the first freeze. Also, check for any leaks and install fresh coolant. A 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water is usually recommended.
You may have any questions or concerns about your auto insurance coverage, feel free to contact us.
Thanks for reading!
Farmers Mutual Insurance
749 Wilson Road, Newberry, SC 29108