It’s that Time Again! Get Ready to Winterize Your Car

Winterize-Your-Car_Keyes-InsuranceI know, every year you hear car insurance companies say it’s time to winterize your car so you don’t get stuck in the cold, but winterizing also helps prevent accidents. Avoid making a preventable claim to your Nova Scotia car insurance company by implementing some or all of the tips shared in today’s post.

The following is a checklist that you can use to ensure your car is safe and remains in good running condition over the winter months:

  1. Check your battery – Many auto parts stores will check your battery to ensure it is in good working condition. If the battery needs to be replaced, now is the time to do it.
  2. Replace windshield wiper blades – This is one of the ways you can prevent a car accident. If your wiper blades are not working properly, visibility on the road could be poor.
  3. The heater and defroster should work – Canada is known for its cold winters, so it’s important that you make sure the heater and defroster are working as they should. You don’t want to be unable to prevent an iced up windshield while driving – yet another way your Nova Scotia car insurance company could wind up receiving an accident claim!
  4. Detail and clean the car – When it’s cold, you won’t be able to do much to take care of the car’s exterior. When the car is washed, sealed, and waxed, the paint is better protected from all the salt that’s used on the roads during the winter.
  5. Check the spare tire or replace – If your spare tire has been used before, it’s time to replace it. If it’s never been used, make sure it has plenty of air.
  6. Check the health of your windshield – The smallest crack in the windshield could cause a problem, so make sure you repair or replace your windshield, if needed.
  7. Fill and replace fluids – Windshield washer fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid, antifreeze, oil, and power steering fluid should all be in check. If they are low or need to be replaced, an oil and lube shop can take care of them.
  8. Check tire tread – If the tires look like they are smoothing out, then it’s time to have your tires replaced. Sometimes, all you need is a tire rotation to get through the winter. Tires with a shallow tread or not enough air cause accidents and lead to an increase in the number of calls made to car insurance companies.

So take care of your car before the temperature plunges and the snow starts falling. By winterizing, you not only prolong the life of your car, but you also reduce the risk of getting into an accident.

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