Michigan winters take a toll on your car – with its frigid temperatures, salt on the roads, and often shocking potholes. With a little extra care, you’ll be safer and enjoy smoother travels this winter. Winterize your car with these fifteen tips:
- Keep your car clean. Salt can damage, so keeping your car clean and salt-free will protect its finish. (You’ll also feel better seeing a clean car in the drive!)
- Check those fluids. Watch antifreeze levels to ensure your car runs without issue or overheating. Keep your windshield wiper fluid full – cleaner windows lead to safer driving.
- Change your oil. A great maintenance tip for all year, clean oil prevents engine damage and improves performance and gas mileage. Also have a professional check oil “viscosity” (or thickness).
- Rotate your tires. This maintenance tip will ensure your tires wear evenly.
- Check your tire pressure. When tires aren’t inflated properly, tread closes up which means decreased traction and less control of your vehicle.
- Check your tread. Poor tires will put the most seasoned driver at risk. Make sure you have plenty of tire tread to get around safely on snowy roads. It’s also essential to have a dependable spare, ready to go.
- Test your brakes and battery. It’s always wise to have a battery that works and brakes you trust. But especially in the winter, when it’s cold, dark, and more treacherous for driving.
- Examine belts and hoses. Have a professional check things under the hood. Cold temperatures can damage belts and hoses.
- Don’t run on fumes. Gas gauges aren’t as predictable during the winter months. The last thing you need is to run out of gas during the frigid weather. Fluctuating temperatures can also cause condensation in the gas tank, and if water reaches the fuel line, it can freeze. (This is not good.)
- Headlights on? Winter driving means more burned out headlights. Make sure your lights are in good working order.
- Ice scraper. Yes, it’s a necessity; no way around it in Michigan. Maybe keep two handy in case one breaks when you’re trying to scrape off a stubborn layer of ice.
- Windshield wipers. Ensure they are in good shape as blades can wear quickly in the winter. No one wants to be squinting through a smeared windshield during a snowstorm.
- Stash a care package. This package includes the things your dad told you to pack: a blanket, extra gloves, boots, bottled water, jumper cables, cell phone and charger. Also, consider packing a flashlight, salt, extra antifreeze, and flares. (Maybe a few chocolate bars, too.)
- Consider adding Towing to your auto insurance policy. Having access to a tow truck or other 24/7 emergency providers is a nice perk. It also gives peace of mind during the harsh winter months. Nulty Insurance can provide you a quote in no time.
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