When the Northern Hemisphere faces away from the sun, winter is here. And for most of the country, that means frigid temperatures and potentially dangerous driving conditions. If you haven’t prepared your car for the winter, it’s important you do so as soon as possible:
- Ensure your battery is in good condition. Batteries work by the flow of electrons. When the temperature really drops, the flow of electrons slows down, and the battery has less energy output. In fact, a car battery in zero degrees only has about half the cranking power it would otherwise have at 80 degrees.
- De-ice your windows with a scraper. If you can’t see out of your windows, you shouldn’t be driving. Don’t try to use your windshield wipers to remove ice—it won’t work and you may damage them. Instead, use an ice scraper. If you leave your car outside at night, make sure to raise the wipers so that they don’t freeze onto your windshield.
- Check your tires. Worn tires don’t tread well on snow and a simple turn can turn into a skidding disaster. So if you know that you need new tires, get them before the snow begins to fall.
- Get the right oil. Freezing temperatures can thicken oil and make it harder for your engine to turn its gears. Oil with a “W” in the viscosity index is recommended for winter use. 5W-20, 5W-30 and 10W-30 provide good oil flow at low temperatures for your engine.
And be sure you have quality insurance protection for your car this winter with an auto insurance policy from one of our carriers. Contact your Colonial agent today to select the right coverage for your needs.
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