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Is Your Vehicle Ready for Winter Weather?

With winter just around the corner, it’s time to prep your vehicle now. Tracy-Driscoll is here to help protect and keep your vehicle running all winter.

Check the tire tread

In most states, it must be at least 2/32-inches, which you can measure by placing a penny in the tire – adequate tread will cover part of Lincoln’s head. However, because your vehicle’s ability to stop on slippery surfaces decreases when the tread reaches 4/32″, consider replacing worn tires with all-weather tires for better traction.

Change the windshield wipers

Working windshield wipers are needed to clear snow, ice and debris from your field of vision. Make sure to check your wipers, and replace them if they have any rips or are too worn.

Charge the battery

With a fully charged battery, your car will be ready to start no matter how low the temperature falls. Clean the terminals and double check that the battery’s secure, too.

Fill the fluids

Antifreeze, windshield washer, transmission and brake fluid assist your vehicle in running smoothly. Fill these fluids to the recommended level as you prep your vehicle for winter.

Keep your vehicle fueled at all times. You never know when you’ll become stuck in traffic or a snow drift, and you’ll be thankful for a full gas tank in those situations.

Keep an emergency kit

A few supplies will assist you in flagging help and staying safe in almost any weather. They include:

 

    • A small shovel

 

    • Traction material like kitty litter or sand

 

    • Flares

 

    • Fire extinguisher

 

    • Blanket

 

    • Charged cellphone

 

    • Flashlight and extra batteries

 

    • First aid kit

 

    • Water and non-perishable food like energy bars or nuts

 

    • Small amount of cash for fuel or other emergencies

 

Update your Auto Insurance

From fender benders to hail damage, adequate auto insurance gives you peace of mind and ensures you have the financial resources to fix your vehicle. Give us a call at 860-589-3434 to discuss your auto insurance policy today!