Auto Insights

Are You and Your Car Ready for Winter Driving?

A great way to help take the bite out of winter is to make sure your vehicle is ready for the cold weather and driving challenges the season brings. Anyone who’s spent a few winters on the road knows that frigid temperatures make driving difficult: car engines may not work properly, while snow on the road limits traction and control. That’s just a few reasons winterizing your vehicle is so important. Consider these helpful tips before the temperature continues to drop:

  • Check your tire pressure on a regular basis – Cold temperatures cause tire air pressure to drop.
  • Check your car battery – Extreme temperatures can cause your vehicle’s battery to operate at less than 50%. If your battery is over three years old, have it tested.
  • Check the antifreeze mixture – The ideal mixture of antifreeze and water in your radiator is 50:50.
  • Change the oil in your engine and check the viscosity grade – To reduce the risk of problems with your engine oil, place thinner oil in your engine before the cold weather season.
  • Conduct inspections – Be sure to have your belts and hoses inspected. In addition, make sure you inspect your wipers and refill the wiper fluid.
  • Install snow tires on your vehicle – Snow tires will increase traction and reduce your chances of slipping on slick surfaces.
  • Be prepared – Place a roadside emergency supply kit in your car to be prepared for any scenario on the road.

Be Smart and Stay Safe

To stay on the safe side this winter, give yourself a few more minutes to get where you’re going. A little patience can go a long way toward enjoying safe winter commutes. For additional safety tips, or to inquire about custom auto insurance solutions, talk to an expert at VTC Insurance Group. To contact a VTC agent near you, call 248.828.3377 or visit vtcins.com.

This blog is for informational purposes only and is not intended as professional advice.