Living in New England, the winter months can be filled with ice, slush, and snow! Is your car ready?
While preparing for yet another winter, it is crucial to check out your vehicle before hitting the icy roads.
In the past 10 years, 23% of vehicle crashes occur as a result of inclement weather during the winter months.
Before the first snowfall, take the following steps to ensure safe driving all season long:
- Rotate or replace those tires! Increasing traction on icy roads is a must! So, if it’s that special time in your car’s life where it’s tires need to be dead and buried, you can swap them out at your local retailer or repair shop. (It’s best not to go slipping and sliding all over the road!)
- Check and replace your battery if needed! Low temperatures can sometime cause car batteries to die if they are already running low on juice.
- How are your brakes doing? If it has been six months since your last brake check, consider asking your local repairman to take a peek at them and make sure they are up to par.
- Oil changes shouldn’t be skipped. Skipping oil changes can cause damage to the engine and it can be awfully tempting to skip out on it when the weather outside is frightful.
- Keep a small shovel, ice scraper, and snowbrush in your car at all times. Snow can come at any time in New England! You have to be prepared.
- Try not to let your gas tank fall below ¼ full. The more gas in your tank, the less likely your gas lines will freeze when low temperatures hit.
Last but not least, make sure your vehicle is insured!
Take heed! We just want you to be safe, and prepared!