Now that the winter weather is finally upon us in the Mid-Atlantic, you may find that you’re more likely to have car issues during these months. Winter can be tough on your car. Stalled engines, dead batteries and stuck tires are a few problems that can be easily avoided with proper care and maintenance. Be a prepared driver now to avoid dangerous and costly winter weather breakdowns.
Winter Driving Checklist, Prepare Your Car Before You Go
- Battery- the most common cause of winter breakdowns, especially for batteries 5 years or older. Have your battery checked regularly by a mechanic and replaced before you get left out in the cold.
- Anti-freeze- also best to have checked by your mechanic. Proper levels of anti-freeze will ensure adequate cold temperature protection.
- Freezing Fluids- car liquids can begin to freeze below 32 degrees. Attempting to spray windshield wiper fluid while driving in frigid conditions may add a build up of ice. Be sure to safely clean your windshield prior to driving.
- Tires- cold air also effects tire pressure. Check your tire’s pressure using the owner’s manual guidelines and test tires at the gas station. Low tire tread can also be dangerous in winter weather.
Keep your gas tank full in case of weather related emergencies and keep your car stocked with a winter weather emergency kit to include an ice scraper, jumper cables, flashlight, flares, blankets, water and food.
All set to drive but need car insurance? Contact Roadway Insurance to learn about both traditional policy coverage and MAIF insurance. Which policy will best suit your needs and your budget? Roadway agents have years of experience and can get you into the insurance policy you need to fulfill Maryland minimum requirements and fit your budget.
Remember- driving without car insurance in Maryland is illegal and subject to penalties! Whether you need MAIF or want to discuss traditional policies, Roadway can answer your questions and find a policy that suits you.