Prepare your vehicle for winter without breaking the bank.
Winter is almost here. The cooler temperatures, harsh road conditions, and shorter days can take a toll on your vehicle. While running a car at any time of the year can be costly, it can be significantly more expensive in winter. A car that has been properly maintained has a lower probability of being involved in an accident or suffering a breakdown.
To help save money and prep your vehicle, here are a few tips to follow:
- Replace the coolant. The preferred mixture of coolant and water inside a car’s radiator is 50/50. However, during winter, use mixtures between coolant and water 60/40 or even 70/30.
- Replace the windshield fluid. Ideally, use a washer fluid that doesn’t freeze during the winter months. Visibility is incredibly important as the days get shorter, and fluid helps to clear the screen of dust and grime.
- Consider replacing the wiper blades if they are overused.
- Check the battery – replace it every five years.
- Look at the tires. If they are wearing thin and the sidewalls are cracking, it is time to replace them. Winter road conditions need tires that can grip well.
- Keep the gas tank at least half full, which helps to reduce the moisture in the fuel system.
- Have a safety kit prepared. Stock up the vehicle with a flashlight, batteries, water, blankets, shovel, first aid kit, an ice scraper, and more.
Auto insurance can help when you need it the most. Work with a team of professionals who have your best interests in mind. Contact the team at McCarty Insurance to get started on your tailored auto insurance coverage.