You need to be sure your vehicle is prepared for winter. The hazards on the road often become even more dangerous in the winter with ice and snow and mud. Here are a few of the things you need to do to get your vehicle ready for the winter and make sure you stay safe this season.
First, you need to check that your tires can handle the weather. Check the tread and the air pressure in your tires. You’ll want maximum traction in winter driving conditions. If you live in an area with particularly severe winters, you may want to invest in tires made specifically for winter driving. These tires usually have a chunkier tread, made to grip better to the road.
Next, make sure that you understand how to drive in bad winter conditions. You’ll want to increase following distance, slow down, and accelerate and decelerate more slowly. If you find yourself needing to brake hard, make sure you understand the way your brakes work. Antilock brakes should be applied with steady, even pressure. Non-antilock brakes need to be pumped for the same effect as antilock brakes.
Also, make sure you don’t panic if you find yourself in a skid. Any rash or quick actions can lead to a total loss of control, so gently ease of the accelerator and do not hit the accelerator or brakes until you have traction again. Guide the car with gentle movements until you regain control.
The most important thing you need to be prepared for winter driving is the right auto insurance. If you don’t have auto insurance, it’s important you look for a plan immediately. First off, it’s illegal in all fifty states to drive without insurance. It also makes you liable to pay heavily in the event of an accident, which is a much greater risk on slick, winter roads. If you live in an area where winters are particularly harsh you may want to opt for more coverage. The right insurance plan can make a problematic winter accident a little less troublesome.
If you need auto insurance or want to discuss your current insurance plan and rates, contact our team now and make sure you don’t have to worry this winter season!