Hello, it’s me—the faithful friend who ferries you all over town. I know your holiday shopping list is a mile long, but I’m wondering if you could squeeze in a few extras for me?
After all, what your car needs in winter is also what you need. When I can do my job well, your driving experience will be easier, safer and more pleasant.
Here’s what your ride needs to be ready for winter:
- A maintenance plan review. Your owner’s manual will list what kinds of maintenance you should schedule after a certain number of miles or years. You’ll just need to un-earth it from the glove compartment (try looking under those registration slips).
- A battery test. Winter takes a toll on batteries. And I don’t want us to get stuck somewhere—especially without what I talk about in tip number seven. My recommendation? Have a pro check my battery with a quick test to see if it’s up to the task of winter driving. Good news: Many auto supply stores will do this for free.
- A tire check. Worn tires aren’t safe for either of us, so take a look at the old rubbers. (And if you haven’t put on my snow tires yet, let’s get moving already!)
Related: You only need two snow tires? This and other winter driving myths debunked.
- A coolant check. Coolant (a.k.a. antifreeze) keeps your radiator and engine working smoothly. An inexpensive tester from an auto shop can let you know if I have enough.
- Some air in my tires. Everything good with the tires? Then check out my air pressure. Cold air often causes tire pressure to drop—and that can make tires unsafe and reduce your fuel efficiency. (Bet you didn’t think I cared about your bottom line!)
Related: How cold air affects your tire pressure.
- A test of my wipers. There’s nothing worse than windshield wipers that leave behind blurry streaks. If that’s the case, it’s time to invest in new wipers. Now is also a good time to top off the windshield washer fluid reservoir with a winter washer fluid that won’t freeze.
- An emergency kit. I hope we never have to use it, but you never know. That’s why it’s critical to have a fully stocked emergency kit.
- A spiff up. Salty roads are tough on me, so spray me down once in a while—especially my undercarriage, to help fight off rust. I also wouldn’t mind a little vacuum. Food crumbs and pet hair are not becoming on me.
Related: What to know about winter car washes.
You and your car are a team, and the best way to keep you both protected this winter is by reviewing your auto coverage with your ERIE agent. Give yours a call, or get a quote today.