Your Vehicle’s Winter Survival Tips

January 29, 2014 at 10:55 AM | Posted in Auto, Reminders, Safety Tips, Seasonal | Leave a comment
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New England’s winter weather can be harsh on our homes, ourselves, and extremely hard on our cars.

The following are some tips that may help your vehicle survive winter’s toll:

  • Check your anti-freeze regularly – with temperatures dropping, you want to make sure the mixture of anti-freeze in your vehicle will handle the extreme cold.
  • Have your oil checked – Consider using winter weight oils to help your vehicle turn over more easily during cold weather.
  • Car Batteries should be checked – Cold temperatures can drain the life of a battery quickly.
  • Inspect your tires – and don’t forget the spare – at least once a month. Make sure tire pressure is filled to the manufacturer’s recommended inflation pressure. Check the age of your tires, because structural integrity of a tire can degrade over time.  Note the identification number located on the sidewall that begins with the letters DOT. The last four digits represent the week and year the tire was manufactured.  Some vehicle manufacturers recommend that tires be replaced every six years regardless of use. Remember to look at the tire treads. According to most states’ laws, tires are legally worn out when they have worn down to 2/32″ of remaining tread depth. Treads need to be adequate to have the traction needed for your safety, especially in inclement weather.
  • Install heavy-duty winter windshield wipers and fill your windshield wiper fluid reservoir regularly.  Keep extra in your vehicle in case it runs dry while you are on the road.
  • Carry a shovel and sand in your trunk. If you get stuck, it will help in getting your vehicle out.
  • Reduce your speed and maintain a safe distance from sand trucks and snow plows. Flying sand and snow could damage windshields as well as your paint job.
  • Washing your car periodically throughout the winter and keeping the undercarriage clean will prevent the salt from eating away at your vehicle.

Soon spring will return and it will be time to get your vehicle ready for the summer heat.
Until then, Protector Group asks you to keep this in mind when you take to the winter roads:
Ice and Snow, Take it Slow!

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