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.