Prepping your car for cold weather

By on December 1, 2010 at 7:55 AM

Posted in: Safety and Insurance Issues

Winter driving isn’t my favorite … the days are short, the roads are slippery and it seems like almost every morning you’re greeted by a thick coat of ice on your windshield. Not my idea of pleasant driving conditions. However, there are a few things you can do to ease the winter burden on your car.

  • Get a tune-up. Just to make sure everything is checked out and in working order.
  • Check your battery. Let’s put it this way: you don’t want to get stranded in the middle of nowhere with a dead battery. That could make for a cold few hours (unless of course, you have GEICO’s Emergency Road Service!)
  • Check your heater and defroster. If your heater isn’t working, you’ll know. But what about front and rear defrosters?
  • Get to know your brakes. If you have the slightest concern that something’s amiss with your brakes, get them inspected immediately.
  • Have your exhaust system checked. Ask your mechanic to double-check the exhaust system for leaks, which can emit dangerous carbon monoxide into your car.
  • Fill up with window washer fluid. Slush and mud splashed on a windshield can spell danger for a winter driver. Make sure your washer fluid reservoir is sufficiently full, and keep a spare jug in the trunk.
  • Consider new wiper blades. Even if your windshield wiper blades are in good condition, you might want to upgrade to a blade that’s designed to handle the extra weight of snow.
  • Take a look at your tires. Your tires need to have adequate tread with “grip” to propel you through the snow.
  • Fill your fuel tank. One of the best driving tips for winter is to keep your tank more than half full at all times. It will help you avoid freezing in your fuel lines, and will keep you safer in winter weather situations.

So there you have it; stay safe on the roads this winter!