How to Winterize Your Car
by Heath Dysart
Even though fall is still in the air, it’s never too late to start thinking about the colder months ahead. We can’t predict the weather, but we can prepare our vehicles for the changing conditions that wintertime brings.
Here are a few tips:
• Have your radiator system inspected, and insure that antifreeze levels are full.
• Replace windshield-wiper fluid with a wintertime mixture.
• Keep your fuel tank near full to avoid ice in the tank or fuel lines.
Also, make sure to complete this vehicle checklist:
• Heater and defroster. Make sure the heater and defroster are in good working condition.
• Brakes. Don’t put off that brake change till spring. Winter driving conditions require breaks to be in top notch condition.
• Battery. Check the battery cables/terminal ends, and remove any corrosion.
• Belt and hoses. Inspect the belts and hoses for cracks and fraying. The belts and hoses of your car are the life line to most of your engine’s critical systems.
• Lights and flashers. Inspect all lights and flasher, and replace as needed. It’s good to see and be seen!
• Wiper blades. Change blades if needed. Heavy rain, snow, ice, road slush, salt and sand make it very difficult to see during the day or night.
• Tires. Check for proper tread and air pressure. Good treaded tires can save your life. They will give you good braking, maneuverability and stability in inclement winter weather.
• Safety kit. Your safety kit should include jumper cables, blankets, a flashlight, can on instant tire inflator and even extra food and water. These items can save your life or help give you an extra few miles.
For even more tips, visit Travelers here. After you take time to prepare your car for the upcoming winter months, be sure that you have the best auto insurance in Sandy Springs. To learn more, just call Risk & Insurance Consultants at 404-459-5975.