What You Need to Do to Prepare Your Vehicle for the Fall and Winter

What You Need to Do to Prepare Your Vehicle for the Fall and WinterFall is among us! It’s time to prepare for Halloween and Thanksgiving, and it is also time to prepare your car for colder, more hazardous weather. Getting a jump start on this task can help ensure that your vehicle is good condition before the real winter weather begins. There are many simple things you can do to prepare your car.

Have Necessary Inspections

Have your mechanic inspect hoses, belts and fluids. Cold temperatures can be pretty brutal on your car. If you have a cracked hose or a worn belt, the frigid air might be the final blow. The last thing you want is to be stranded on the roadside in harsh weather conditions. Have your mechanic look over your car on a pleasant fall day; you will thank yourself later on.

Repair Paint

Colder temperatures can make your car rusty. To keep rust at bay, it’s crucial that you repair little scratches before winter begins. Unrepaired areas can not only make your car appear worn and old but can rust, corrode, or spread. That means more costly repairs would need to be done by specialized body shops.

Fixing these imperfections early will be worth it. Auto parts stores sell touch-up paint that you can use to keep rust at bay.

Install Floor Mats

Floor mats aren’t typically on top on mind for most drivers planning to prepare their cars for colder weather. Yet, installing the right mats can help ensure the interior of your vehicle stays in nice condition through the season. The right floor mat will protect your car’s carpets from water, snow, muck, and other messy things that can get tracked into the vehicle and permanently ruin the floor.

Change Wiper Blades

Change your wiper blades now so you aren’t stuck in a rut when you REALLY need them during a bad storm. Worn wiper blades can smear snow and ice, impairing your ability to see the road and ultimately putting your life at risk.

This is a simple repair that you can do on your own. You can get the replacement blades for your car’s make and model at just about any auto parts store, and it takes just a few seconds to snap them into place.

Check your Tires

Have all of your tires checked now to ensure they have the proper tread. This is definitely something that you should take care of before the ice sets in!

If the tires are in good shape, make sure they are properly inflated, including the spare. Remember that cold weather causes tires to lose air more quickly. So, check your pressure monthly.

Prepare an Emergency Kit

Be sure to obtain Connecticut Auto Insurance so you and your car are properly protected in an emergency situation. You never know when a storm could strike, especially in a Connecticut winter!

Take notes about items that you might need to store in your car in the event of an emergency. Here are some recommended items to keep on hand:

  • Extra gloves
  • Boots and blankets
  • Flares
  • A small shovel and a container of sand
  • Tire chains
  • A flashlight and extra batteries
  • A cellphone and an extra car charger
  • Snacks

About Byrnes Agency

At Byrnes Agency, we offer auto insurance solutions that can be tailored to meet your specific needs. Whether you have an old classic car or a brand-new model, we have the right coverage for you. To learn more about our products, contact us today at one of our two locations.

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