If you live in a warm state then you probably won’t need to do too much to get your car ready for the winter. However, if you live somewhere colder then it definitely makes sense to take a few steps now to make sure your car is ready for the colder weather – it could even save you money so is certainly worth doing. Things such as double-checking your car insurance and tire pressure both help, so read on to find out more about winter-proofing your car.
Check your insurance policy
Your car insurance policy is important at all times, but arguably this is especially true in winter due to icy road conditions increasing risks while you’re driving. If you don’t have a separate car breakdown policy it can be a good idea to see if you can get your car insurance company to add one to your cover. This might cost you a little bit up front, but compared to how much it could cost you if you ended up stranded somewhere without any insurance cover, it could be saving you a significant amount of money overall. Double-checking things such as your level of accident cover and the weather conditions you’re covered for could also help.
Get a service
Again, a service for your car is something that will cost you money in the first place, but it’ll definitely be worth it. It’s always better to find out about any potential issues with your car now rather than later, especially if later it’s going to be icy, rainy, snowy, windy or otherwise not great in terms of the weather. The cold weather can exacerbate problems with your car, so sort things out now to avoid costly problems later on.
Clear your windshield
If you were to cause an accident due to not being able to see properly through your windshield, you could end up paying much more for your car insurance for years to come. It could also seriously hurt you or someone else, so give your windshield a thorough, regular clean. If you’re driving in the snow, make sure it stays clear at all times.
Check your oil
When the weather is cold, the oil in your car can become thicker, which means it is much harder for it to do its job of lubricating the engine. This can lead to problems that cost a lot of money to fix, so before the winter takes hold, get your oil checked and changed if necessary. A little bit of diligence now should more than pay off later.
Check tire pressure
Another good idea is to check the pressure of your tires. If they have a low pressure then your fuel efficiency is likely to drop, which can cost you money. Making sure your tires are properly inflated will also make sure their traction works as it should. If you live in a really cold, icy area you might want to consider switching to snow tires to give you and your car extra protection that could save you money.
This has been a guest post by James. Hope you enjoyed it!
My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.