Driving in winter can be dangerous. Cold air and winter weather can cause the pressure in your tires to change, create slick roadway conditions and turn roadside breakdowns into emergency situations if you’re not prepared. At Total Insurance, we’re here to help you understand what you can do to keep yourself and your passengers safe this winter. Give us a call today to learn more about our auto coverage and to speak to an insurance agent.
How Do I Prepare My Vehicle for Winter?
In addition to scheduled maintenance, here are some tips for getting your vehicle ready for cooler weather:
· Test your battery— Your battery power can decrease in cold temperatures.
· Check your tire tread—All-season tires need to handle wintry conditions safely, and tread wear can affect their performance.
· Don’t let your gas tank get empty—Your gas tank should be filled at least halfway in winter to help prevent gas line freeze.
· Monitor your tire pressure—Tire pressure often decreases with cold weather.
· Consider winter tires—Snow tires have a deeper tread, which can provide better traction in icy or slick conditions.
· Check your wiper blades—Streaks left by your wiper blades may indicate it’s time for a replacement.
· Assemble an emergency preparedness kit—Your car should contain a first aid kit, drinking water, jumper cables, a spare tire and other emergency items. For more information on what your emergency kit should contain, visit the National Safety Council website.
Contact Total Insurance for more auto safety tips and to learn more about our auto insurance coverage.
How Do I Stay Safe in Bad Weather?
Vehicles are more difficult to control in slippery or snowy conditions. If your local weather station predicts a storm, you may want to consider postponing your trip. But if you have to drive or if you get stuck in icy driving conditions while on the road, here are some practices to help get you and your passengers home safe:
· Avoid cruise control.
· Accelerate and decelerate slowly.
· Increase following distance.
· Steer in the direction of a skid.
· Don’t stop when going uphill.
If you are in an accident, call 911 and contact your insurance company immediately to report any damages.
We’re Here to Help
Your safety is our top priority. Contact Total Insurance in Kennesaw, Georgia, for more safe driving tips and to learn more about our auto insurance coverage options today.
This blog is intended for informational and educational use only. It is not exhaustive and should not be construed as legal advice. Please contact your insurance professional for further information.