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6 Steps to Get Your Car Ready for Winter Driving

Here are 6 ways to prepare your car to safely navigate New Hampshire winters, and protect it from unnecessary damage.

Warm sweaters and fireplaces keep you warm during the cold winter months. Just like you need proper preparation to brace for cold conditions, you need to get your car ready for the winter weather and roads. From frozen fuel lines to road salt damage, winter can take its toll on your vehicle.

Keep your car running smoothly and prevent winter-induced damage by following these recommended maintenance tasks:

1. Change Your Regular Tires to Winter Tires

If you live in an area where the temperature drops below 45 degrees, winter tires are recommended. Winter tires will give your vehicle better traction while turning or stopping on icy roads.

2. Check Your Tire Pressure

When temperatures drop, the cold air inside your tires contracts, making your tire pressure drop. Be sure to check your tire pressure as temperatures fall.

3. Add Antifreeze

Antifreeze is essential in helping keep your car running when temperatures drop. You can check your antifreeze levels yourself or ask your mechanic to check your fluid levels as well.

4. Test Your Car Battery

Colder weather creates more challenging conditions for your batterie’s performance. A weak battery during the summer could turn into a dead battery in the winter. Have a volt test performed before winter arrives to be sure your battery is in good shape.

5. Keep Up With Regular Maintenance

Oil levels, lights, fluids and more should be checked with regular maintenance upkeep. Be sure to stay on schedule with recommended car maintenance, especially during the winter.

6. Pack A Survival Kit

Emergencies can be unpredictable. If your car breaks down on the side of the road during a winter storm, you don’t want to be without essentials. Essentials to include are a blanket, extra clothing, a first-aid kit, a knife, a flashlight, jumper cables, a shovel, an ice scraper and a cellphone charger.

At Eaton & Berube Insurance we want to be sure you’re prepared for whatever winter weather throws your way—starting with proper vehicle maintenance, right through to making sure you have the right car insurance in place should the unavoidable happen. Contact us to learn more about your options for auto insurance in Nashua NH, today.

This article and infographic is for informational use only and is not intended as legal advice. © 2021 Zywave, Inc. All rights reserved.

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