How to Winterize Your Car | Getting Your Car Ready for Winter

According to a CNN article, traffic fatalities for the first three months of 2012 showed a significant increase compared with government statistics from the previous year. “An estimated 7,630 people died in motor vehicle crashes for the first quarter of 2012 compared with the same period the previous year.”
Fortunately, US traffic fatalities in the first quarter of 2013 fell 4.4% due to the warmer than normal winter weather, but it’s now only November and many cities have already gotten their first taste of winter. This year, the cold and the snow seem to be coming on even earlier than usual, so we want our customers (and potential customers) to be prepared! And, just how should you do that? Don’t worry, we’ll tell you:
  • Check your antifreeze. Your car contains a mix of 50% water and 50% antifreeze. Make sure your car’s level is full and you contain about a 50/50 mixture of both.
  • Inspect your tires. Winter is not the time to lower your tire budget. These are the only things that are protecting you when you hit that patch of black ice and your car begins to spin out of control.
  • Replace your wipers and your wiper fluid. If anything is falling from the sky and ends up on your windshield (aka snow!), you want to make sure your wipers are in condition and ready to clear your view. Another thing that dreaded snow can do is make your windshield very dirty. So, make sure you’re all filled up with wiper fluid to keep your windshield sparkly and clean.
  • Inspect your brakes. Another area where you definitely don’t want to skimp is your breaks. You need to make sure these are in tip top shape to get you through the winter season.

These tips will certainly help to get you started with winterizing your car. Cold weather and especially snow is always a sign to take it slow and be extra careful. You never know when you could hit that sneaky patch of black ice. And, as always, if you’re on the road make sure that you’re insured (not only in the winter… it’s always the law!). For a free quote for the most reliable and affordable auto insurance around, visit SafeAuto’s website today at

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