Keeping Your Car Prepared For The Worst Weather

We’re still in the depths of winter at the moment and the weather’s not looking to clear up any time soon. Whilst it’s always safer not to brave the weather if it’s getting too bad, sometimes you’re unable to avoid it. To keep your car safe during the worst of the weather, keep reading. If your car’s already suffered some of the season, we have you covered there as well.

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Checks you should be performing on your car

With the weather more likely to cause damage than ever. the roads are trickier than usual to navigate. Now more than even is it important to make sure your car’s working in top condition. You might think to skip on checking your coolant given the cold weather, but that’s only more likely to leave you stranded. The winter also increases our reliance on the battery so keep a very close eye on this so you’re not stranded without power or heat. So, make sure you get it repaired or buy a new car battery to avoid any problems. Tire pressure’s more important now than ever, too. Your winter-adapted tyres won’t be doing much good if the pressure’s too low, after all. Keep checks on your car and make sure it’s in top condition.

Know which tires you need

There are a lot of specialised tyres and it can be difficult to know which to use. Size, steel or alloy, snow tires. These are considerations you need to make if you want your journey on the road to be safe. Snow tires are, obviously, best for snow or ice. However, if it’s rain and wind you’re contending with, all-weather tires are what you need.  Similarly, the steel you can get in your wheels which will weigh the car down and allow you to maintain control on slippery roads more easily. You should do more of your own research on tires, depending on how the weather’s likely to affect you.

Keep an emergency kit

Being prepared for driving in bad weather means being prepared for the worst. Obviously, you want to avoid being stranded no matter what. Sometimes it’s just not in your control, however. Although it’s particularly good for the winter, you should get used to having an emergency kit in your car at all times. Many of us will have a first-aid kit already, but what about a fire extinguisher? You might have jumper cables, but do you have a flashlight or reflective triangles for deflecting traffic? Make sure your emergency kit has everything you need before considering yourself fully prepared.

Make sure you’re properly insured

Of course, we all have car insurance. It’s a legal necessity. But if you live in an area that’s likely to suffer severe weather damage, are you aware that your current provider might not cover it? Check your insurance and make sure you’re fully covered.

Getting repairs done

Damage caused to the body of your car can look minor, but easily spread from jolts and bumps. Before the damage gets too extensive and too expensive, make sure your repair it. There are places that are specifically for auto body repair and, even more specifically, fix hail damage. Get those repairs done quick and you’ll be saving yourself a lot of money trouble down the road.

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