Just as you dress yourself for the elements and prepare your home for winter, your car needs to be prepped for winter weather as well! Winter weather can be pretty straining on home and cars, and not taking the proper precautions can be dangerous.
Before you get on the road, check or have a mechanic check your car to insure it is in the proper condition to survive (and be a safe mode of transportation) in the winter.
Here are some car maintenance questions to ask:
Does your car have sufficient anti-freeze levels to avoid freezing?
How is your car battery?
Is there any wear and tear on your brakes? What are the fluid levels?
Are there any leaks or crimped pipes in the exhaust system? (This question is especially important as carbon monoxide, a product of car exhaust, is deadly and typically undetectable)
Are the heater and defroster working properly?
Are all your hazards lights, tail lights and headlights functioning?
What is your oil level? Do you need to get it changed?
Are the windshield wipers working properly? Do you have enough washer fluid?
Are your tires in good shape with adequate tread?
In addition to making sure your vehicle is prepared for bad weather, take some time and make sure you have all the essentials in case of an accident or emergency.
Here are the items your emergency kit should include:
battery powered radio
healthy snack food
extra hat and socks
first aid kit with pocket knife
tow chain or rope
fluorescent distress flag
Prepare yourself, your car and your home for what mother nature has in store this winter. Going the extra mile to prepare your car and yourself for emergencies could be the difference between life and death.
About Jason Cass
I am the Co-Owner of The Insurance Alliance. I love to speak nationally on the topic of insurance and I am the author of "Customer Service is Just Foreplay" an Amazon Best Seller. I don't sell insurance, I help people buy it.