Winter is here and making sure your car is prepared for an emergency
is more important than ever. Here’s a simple winter maintenance
checklist to help you prepare for the weather ahead.
1. Protect The Exterior
Give your car a good wash to scrub away the buildup that may have
occurred during the summer and fall months. Once clean, apply a
quality wax to your vehicle to help protect against the snow and road
salt coming your way.
2. Change Your Oil
We often forget the importance of oil when it comes to winter vehicle
maintenance, but this is a good time to make sure you’ve got fresh oil
and consider making the change to synthetic or synthetic blend oil.
Why does this matter? Synthetic flows freer and requires no time to
warm up which can provide immediate protection to your engine during
the harsh winter months.
3. Check Your Battery
Heat can take a serious toll on batteries and unfortunately, we are
often unaware until cold weather strikes. Test your battery and
replace it if necessary. You battery will be working harder during the
colder months so it’s important to keep a check on it throughout
4. Inspect Your Tires
Take a look at your tires and replace them if needed. If your tires
don’t have sufficient depth, you may not have the traction needed to
stay safe on the road. Depending on the average snowfall where you
live, you may want to consider getting a set of snow tires for the
5. Ensure Visibility
Make sure all of your lights are working. If any of your lights appear
dim or yellow, replace the bulb and clean the lenses. It’s also
important to make sure your windshield wipers are good, and you have
plenty of deicing fluid in your windshield washer tank.
6. Check Your Antifreeze
Antifreeze is one of the most important chemicals when it comes to
caring for your vehicle in the winter. Antifreeze uses either ethylene
glycol or propylene glycol to prevent the water in your engine’s
cooling system from freezing. You can use an antifreeze tester or take
your vehicle to a mechanic to measure the antifreeze’s strength and
determine the lowest temperature that your engine is protected from
So there you have it, six simple steps to make sure your vehicle is
protected during the harsh winter months. If you want to make sure
you’re covered in the event of an emergency, call your local
Acceptance agent to discuss coverage options and roadside assistance