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6 Tips to Prepare Your Car for the Indiana Winter

Steve Wagner

Is Your Car Ready For a Hoosier Winter?

Indiana can be such a beautiful state during the cooler months, but this time of year can also serve up a mix of hazardous weather that an unprepared driver or car can’t handle. With a true Hoosier snowfall yet to arrive, we want you to feel good about having time to prepare in advance of winter accidents like sliding off the road, getting stuck in slush, or even a possible breakdown on a cold snowy night. Take some time to follow these tips and get yourself and your car winter ready.

Tips for Winterizing Your Car

  • AAA recommends that if you own a vehicle, you head in for an official inspection that includes an evaluation of the brake system, exhaust system, heating and cooling system. While malfunctions in the exhaust or heating and cooling system can result in injury or death due to carbon monoxide poisoning or weather exposure, a problem with the brake system can pose a lethal threat to everyone on the road.
  • Make sure your windshield is ready for prime viewing. This means you may have to replace or clean wiper blades. Remove any leaves or leftover debris from where the hood and window meet. Also, make sure you have enough winter windshield wiper fluid that can also de-ice and a snow and ice scraper to clear your window.
  • Check your vehicle’s tire pressure. Typically, when the weather gets cooler, your tires can deflate and the pressure will go down giving you less traction on the road. Without good traction, your vehicle (no matter how big it is) is more likely to skid and slip.
  • A mechanical review of your vehicle’s electrical system should focus on the battery, ignition system, and lights. Certainly, a poorly functioning battery can leave you out in the cold, but many people are unaware that starting an automobile in cold weather requires a fully charged battery. Right now is a good time to ensure that your battery is replaced if needed. If it’s been a few years since it was manufactured, it is probably time to swap it out.
  • Have a winter emergency kit added to your trunk space with things like a blanket, extra hat and gloves, water and snacks, an extra ice scraper, a flashlight, jumper cables, flares, a first aid kit and a shovel that could save you if your vehicle is stuck.
  • Check for any recalls your vehicle may have and get it in to be serviced. Use the NHTSA site and enter your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).

Stay Safe and Connected with Us This Winter

During the winter driving season, we are all relying on one another to keep our community safe. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be tackling other winter driving topics on this blog and sharing them on our Facebook page. Stay tuned for when we talk about black ice, sharing icy roads with big trucks, and skids. Until then, please drive safely and get your vehicle ready.

If tragedy strikes and you or someone you love is injured in a winter driving accident, please call the vehicular accident attorneys at Wagner Reese for a completely free consultation. We will put our decades of experience to work for you, and we won’t collect any fees unless your case is settled or won. Call today at (888) 204-8440.

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