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How To Prepare Your Car For The Winter

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A off-road SUV is stuck in the snow on the side of the road
December 2, 2021

‘Tis the season to prepare for the winter months! This time is filled with holly, jolly, and safety. There are several things you can do to ensure that your family will be safe on all your holiday trips. We have created a guide to make sure you know everything to do to prepare your vehicle for the winter: 

  1. Check your tires. As temperatures fall, so does the pressure in your tires. Stop by a local gas station and check the air in each of your tires. To know exactly how much air should be in each tire, check the sticker on the inside of your driver’s side door. If you are in an area that has severe winter weather, consider investing in snow tires.  
  1. Prevent ice on the windshield. Each night, make sure your windshield is protected from snow and ice. We recommend investing in car window covers. However, another solution could be vinegar or rubbing alcohol. At night, spray your windshield down with a vinegar solution that is three parts vinegar and one part water. This vinegar solution will help prevent frost and ice from forming on your windshield and if you are in a hurry in the morning, the same mixture will melt the ice. You can do the same with a 2:1 rubbing alcohol and water mixture. 
  1. Check your exterior lights. Since the sun is setting earlier, it’s imperative for proper lighting on your vehicle. Check your headlights, taillights, brake lights and blinkers. 
  1. Create your emergency kit. It’s important to have an emergency kit in your car all the time! This is a perfect time to take a look at yours and make sure it’s fully stocked. If you don’t have one, we have a checklist for everything you need in your kit here. 

With these tips, we hope you will stay safe all season!  While preparing your car, make sure you have the most important preparation of all: insurance. SafeAuto offers state minimum insurance that will keep you protected in case of emergency. We are available 24/7 at safeauto.com or call 1-800-SAFEAUTO. 

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