February 2020

20
Feb

How to Prepare Your Car for Inclement Weather

Get your vehicle ready for upcoming storms.

 

The weather at this time of year can take a serious toll on our vehicles. The rain, wind, fog, and cold temperatures wear on our cars as we rely on them every day. Unfortunately, this inclement weather often spikes the number of accidents on the roads. When you’re driving in bad weather and road conditions, you’ll need to be careful and aware of the driving hazards posed by these conditions. To prepare your vehicle to weather any storm, take a look at these important tasks.

 

Keep it clean

As a driver, you need to have a clear view of everything on the road. When your windows are dirty or greasy, the sun and bright headlights can make it especially hard to see. Bad weather conditions can add more obstructions to your view. Before you drive, ensure that all windows and mirrors are clear of dirt, frost, ice, and residue.

 

Check your windshield wipers

Windshield wipers need to be replaced at least once a year at the start of the rainy season or when they are worn or ineffective in cleaning your windshield. Be sure to check them regularly so that you can clearly see out when it’s raining.

 

Pack an emergency supply kit

Always be prepared. Make sure your trunk is filled with things you may need in a car emergency, such as jumper cables, a tire jack, flashlights, radios, a tool kit, and an extra canister of gas. Also include supplies for yourself and passengers such as a first aid kit, blankets, drinking water, and any important medications.

 

Fill it up

In inclement weather, the chances of an accident increase. While you may not be involved in an accident, you could be stuck in serious traffic. What’s more, road closures may mean you’re out on the road for longer than anticipated. Ensure you keep your fuel topped up in case you run into the unexpected.

 

We hope that these tips help to prepare your vehicle for inclement weather. For all of your insurance needs, visit Abatelli Group, Inc. We are ready to help you find reliable insurance today.

 

6
Feb

3 Ways Extreme Weather Can Affect Your Home

How heavy wind and rain can impact your property.

 

The winters in Wisconsin can be unpredictable. Heavy winds and rain can wreak havoc on a property, causing damage that homeowners least expect. We’ve taken a look at the effects of extreme weather conditions so you can be better prepared.

 

Wind

This is probably the most obvious type of damaging weather pattern. Extremely powerful winds can scrape shingles off the tops of roofs and pull gutters away from rooflines. Even wind gusts that aren’t as strong can cause large tree limbs to break and fall onto homes, which can cause roof leaks and bring down gutters. Be sure that your roof is in good condition, and that weak tree limbs are cut down before they’re turned into flying debris.

 

Rain

Though the rain itself usually doesn’t cause structural damage, any water that leaks into a home through gaps in the roof or walls can lead to messes that can be costly to clean up. The rainwater can also lead to damage to walls, ceilings, and floors, which can cause mold and mildew problems throughout a home. Before a rainstorm hits, make sure that the gutters are clear of debris that could cause blockages and leaks.

 

Snow

A little bit of snow usually doesn’t cause any problems. Multiple feet of snow can weigh on a roof or gutters and overwhelm physical support systems, causing buckling or holes in the roof and gutters to snap. The same effect can be seen on overhanging tree branches, which can fall onto houses and wreak havoc.

 

Make sure you have a homeowners insurance that you can rely on. Need help finding adequate insurance? Contact Abatelli Group, Inc., serving Whitestone and neighboring cities in New York with the right and reliable coverage.

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