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Driving in snow

Changing seasons are always the best times to make sure your car is in top working condition.

But it doesn’t matter if the weather is getting warmer or colder. Either way, it is important to remember cars are delicate pieces of machinery. They become exposed to changing weather just like any other outdoor utility.

As winter approaches, here are some of the best ways to prepare the car for winter, and keep it running.

  • Have your car serviced at the beginning of the season. Start winter with your oil changed and your engine serviced. Your car will run better. Plus, having it serviced can catch problems that the changing weather might make worse.
  • Check your tire tread. Worn tread can make speeding up and braking risky. Winter means bad weather, ice, snow and rain can accumulate on roads. Worn tread can lead to skidding, accidents, financial liability and injuries.
  • Make sure your windows and windshields are not damaged. Extreme cold weather can cause existing chips or cracks to become major breaks. This damage can lead to expensive replacement bills. If your windows aren’t sealed correctly, your engine has to work harder to run the car’s heater. Not only can this add stress to your engine, it can also use more gas.
  • Check the oil. Cold weather can also cause your oil to thicken. Even though the oil doesn’t freeze, thickening can disrupt oil flow. This disruption can strain the car and its engine. Many motor oils come with anti-thickening agents added. Always check with your mechanic about the oil he uses when you have the oil changed.

Keep your car in good running order during cold weather. Then, you have a better chance to avoid incidents to have to use your auto insurance.

Your auto insurance is here to protect you, winter or summer. Call Auto Insurance Express today at (417) 206-3733 for questions about Joplin auto insurance.

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