The winter can cause a great amount of damage to your vehicle. Snow, ice, salt, and potholes can ruin your vehicle if your vehicle isn’t properly winterized. To prepare your vehicle for the winter, we suggest completing some simple maintenance tips to keep you and your car safe.
- Check the tread on your tires and replace them if necessary. When snow and ice are on the ground and you lack tread on your tires, you are putting yourself at risk. If you live in North New Jersey and typically receive more snow than the rest of the state, we recommend getting snow tires.
- Install new windshield wipers to improve visibility when it snows. Signs of bad wipers are constant streaks across the windshield and loud squeaking noises. Also, make sure to change your windshield wiper fluid to winter windshield wiper fluid. Winter windshield wiper fluid will not freeze and will melt ice and frost on your vehicle’s windshield.
- Make sure you are using the right oil grade for your engine by checking your owner’s manual. Another fluid to check is your anti-freeze to water ratio. Professionals usually suggest a 50/50 mixture of antifreeze and water but research in your owner’s manual what the specific ratio is for your car.
- Replace your car battery if necessary. Cold temperatures often drain your car’s battery, especially, when the battery is old. If your battery is older and might be dying, we suggest replacing it. Replacing the battery now is better than waking up to go to work and finding out the battery is dead.
- Pack your car with the proper tools for snow removal. You should have a windshield scraper, a shovel, rock salt or cat litter, jumper cables, and flares for emergencies. Other useful safety essentials include blankets, nonperishable foods, water, and a first-aid kit.
- Wax your vehicle to protect its paint from salt erosion. Even if you know your car is going to get dirty again from the salt on the roads, wash the vehicle often to stop the erosion of the paint.
- Consider buying weather resistant floor mats to prevent water, salt, and sand damage. Cloth mats will easily deteriorate when they encounter snow and salt.
- Have your brakes checked by a professional. Your brakes are one of the most important things to check before the winter weather occurs due to the need to slow down and stop on wet, icy or snow-covered roads.
Preparing your vehicle for winter weather should not wait till it is too late. Unfortunately, even when we are the most prepared for emergencies and accidents, they still happen. At we want you to have peace of mind after an incident occurs, so we provide our clients with comprehensive . To get more information about our policies, call Diane Fox at (732) 972-1771 ext. 1108.