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With the average temperature in the United States dropping this month, drivers need to prepare themselves, and their vehicles for winter driving. There are many ways to prepare for Mr. Jack Frost, most of them requiring only a little awareness and a little effort.

Preparing Your Car For Winter1. There’s an App for That. Like everything else these days, there are dozens of apps to help drivers find the best weather tips, updates and warnings near them. If you have a smart phone, search by city or zip code for a list of apps in your area., local channels or regional maps are a great please to start. Keep your phone charged at all times, so you can refer back when needed (being sure to pull over before checking your phone.)

2. Time for a Tune-Up. It’s a good idea to bring your car in for a check-up before the winter season. Just like you’d bring your family in for flu shots, you need to bring your car in for a tune-up. Your local mechanic can check the ignition, brakes, hoses, wiring, air, vents, battery and tires to be sure you are in tip-top shape for the roads ahead.

3. Slow down and backup. If it’s cold out, there is probably ice on the roads and most likely, you can’t see it. Always drive slower than you think and stay far behind other vehicles. Even if you have a spot-free record, other drivers do not and you don’t want to end up too close to an accident right in front of you.

4. Pack it Up. It’s always a good idea to keep a few basic supplies in your car. In the winter, this becomes more crucial. Always back a toolkit, chains, flashlights, blankets, a shovel and food in your car during the winter months

5. Clean inside and out. Most vehicles pack a lot of dirt through the summer months and it’s important to clean that off before the snow hits. Salt and snowy slush love to stick to existing dirt on your car, so be sure your spick and span before the first snowfall. Winter is a good time to detail the inside of your car, it’s much nicer to do this before the temperature falls to below freezing.

6. Wiper and Tires. These are the two most important investments in winter driving. Be sure you have a good pair of wipers, they need to be strong, sturdy and not leave any missed spots or streaking. Review your tires and be sure you have a good strong tread. You will definitely regret not making the investment when you start spinning down the streets of your neighborhood.

Being willing to make a few adjustments in your driving habits may be just the ticket to saving unnecessary headaches or possible tragedies this winter.

To learn more about how to protect your vehicle with Louisville auto insurance, ask the agents at Claude Reynolds Insurance!

By Matt Reynolds - Google+
Posted 7:49 PM

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