Know Before You Go:
Icy roads and freezing temperatures can create many hazards for travelers. It is important to prepare yourself and your vehicle for potential hazards to help ensure your safety this season. The Skeele Agency, Inc. recommends taking a few precautionary steps to help protect you and your car even in the worst winter weather conditions.
The cold weather, snow and ice can make driving particularly dangerous if your vehicle is not properly maintained throughout the year. There are a few things you can do to get your car ready for winter:
- Make sure all scheduled maintenance is up-to-date (refer to your owner’s manual). Have your mechanic check fluids and hoses to help reduce the risk of a mechanical breakdown.
- Make sure that your tires are in good condition, properly inflated with ample tread. If you live in an area where heavy snow is common, like New York, consider having snow or winter tires installed.
- Make sure your heater and window defrosters are working properly, ensuring proper visibility.
- Check that your lights and windshield wipers are operating properly and that your washer fluid reservoir is full with seasonally appropriate fluid.
- Make sure your battery is in good condition. Even a newer battery can fail if it gets cold enough. Keep jumper cables in your trunk and know how to operate them.
- Make sure your gas tank is full and your phone is charged. In bad weather, the major roads could be backed up for hours or closed. It may be a good idea to keep blankets in your trunk should you run out of gas and need to keep warm.
At the Skeele Agency Inc., we know that winter weather can create challenging conditions for even the most experienced drivers. We also know that taking the above preparations can help keep you safe even under the worst weather conditions. To speak with an agent to see if you have adequate auto insurance call the Skeele Agency, Inc. today.