Taking Care of Your Car This Winter

Baby its cold outside. There’s is nothing more frightening than getting stranded in the cold because your car has broken down. Here are some car maintenance tips to help you make it through this winter unscathed.

  • Check the tread on your tires. Your cars ability to stop on slippery or wet surfaces decreases when the tread reaches 4/32”. A quick trick for measurement is to place a penny on the tire- adequate tread will cover part of Lincoln’s head. If you are seeing his whole “noggin” consider replacing your worn tires with all-weather tires for better tractions.
  • Change the windshield wipers. These 2 small devices keep your visibility clear by removing snow, ice and debris from your windshield. To work properly they must be free of rips and wear.
  • Charge the battery. A battery full of juice will start your car no matter how low the temperature falls. Be sure that the terminals are clean and double check that it is secure under the hood. Always keep a pair of jumper cables in your trunk.
  • Check the fluids. Be sure the anti-freeze, windshield washer, transmission and brake fluids are topped off. Theses fluids keep your vehicle running (and stopping) smoothly.
  • Be sure your tank is full. You don’t want to get stuck in traffic or a snow drift and run out of gas.
  • Keep a stocked emergency kit in your car. A few items to include are:
  1. Flares
  2. Flashlight with extra batteries
  3. Blanket
  4. A small shovel
  5. Ice scraper
  6. First aid kit.

Be sure your auto insurance is up to date and that your coverage is adequate.

If you are not a AAA member, you can add towing and roadside assistance to your policy to use if your car is not drivable or even if you just need help with a jump start or tire change.  If you have questions about your Home or Auto insurance coverage, call any of our Fbinsure offices to speak to myself or anyone on our coverage advisors team.  I can be reached by email at judi@fbinsure.com or by calling our main line at (508) 824-8666