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As the winter months approach and temperatures start to drop, snow and ice increase the number of road hazards for drivers. Despite keeping up-to-date with regular vehicle maintenance including oil changes and tire rotations, there are still opportunities for costly insurance claims due to the harsh weather. As a result, winterizing your car to safeguard yourself against expensive claims is imperative to your safety, as well as the safety of your passengers and everyone else on the road. Doeren Mayhew Insurance Group offers five helpful tips to winterize your vehicle.
Drain your cooling system and add new antifreeze to ensure your vehicle has enough. Remember to fill the antifreeze to the “full” line and never add the coolant while your engine is hot!
Simply checking (and/or changing) your tires can prevent your car from sliding and skidding out of control. If you live in a climate prone to snow and ice, investing in all-weather or winter tires is a safe bet. No matter the type of tires you have, ensure they are in good condition, have sufficient tread and are properly inflated.
Fill a clear bag or container with the following items to ensure easy access in the event of an emergency:
Before you head out on the road this winter, ensure your heater and all defrosters are working properly in your vehicle. Not having a functional HVAC unit in your car could result in impaired visibility through ice, potentially resulting in car accidents.
Prior to taking a drive, double check that your vehicle’s battery can withstand the colder temperatures by testing it. Turn on your headlights before starting your engine to see if they get brighter once the car is on. If they do, you should inspect your battery. Be sure to also evaluate your battery’s cables and terminals to confirm they haven’t tarnished.
Doeren Mayhew Insurance Group aims to protect both the personal and financial health of its clients. When equipped with the ideal auto insurance policy, drivers can have peace of mind when getting on the road during hazardous winter conditions. Contact Doeren Mayhew Insurance Group today to schedule a customized consultation with a trusted insurance agent.
This publication is distributed for informational purposes only, with the understanding that Doeren Mayhew is not rendering legal, accounting, or other professional opinions on specific facts for matters, and, accordingly, assumes no liability whatsoever in connection with its use. Should the reader have any questions regarding any of the news articles, it is recommended that a Doeren Mayhew representative be contacted.
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