Prepare your car for winter and review your Scotia, NY auto insurance.
Adjust to the coming chill that comes to New York every winter, and give your car a thought. Keep your car running smoothly throughout the winter by preparing now, during the fall season.
Your car provides reliable transportation and, during the winter months, keeps you warm on your way to work. Don’t lose that during the winter months by failing to uphold some basic maintenance.
Use these tips to maintain your car’s safety and health all the way through the year.
- Remove Debris
Leaves, twigs, and other organic matter can cause havoc with your car. Remove these items from the interior of your car, the air plenum near the windshield, and if you have a sunroof, be sure to open it up and check for any debris or leaks.
- Trade the Tires
For the cold New York winters, consider “winter tires” that have improved tread patterns to be quiet on dry roads and safe on ice and snow. If you don’t opt for these tires, be sure that your current tires have enough tread on them as you head into winter – Worn tires will have you skating around on the ice like Bambi.
- Check Wiper Blades
With winter comes fog, snow, and rain which can cut down your visibility. Your car should have the newer “beam blade” style wipers more a more effective windscreen wiper when you need it most.
- Load the Battery
Winter weather puts more stress on your battery, particularly if you park your car outdoors. Avoid getting stranded next time you try to start your car by checking your battery and charging it if necessary. If your battery is due for replacing, do it before the colder weather hits.
- Update Emergency Kit
Stock your car with a kit with blankets, water, non-perishable food, a First Aid kit, flashlight, whistle, and a nifty snow shovel just incase luck goes south and you get stuck.
- Review Your Auto Insurance
The winter months can take a toll on your vehicle. So that you can keep your car running smoothly and have no financial strain from an accident or break-down, auto insurance can help.