Prepare Your Car for Messy Winter Driving Conditions

Posted by  //  October 16, 2014  //  Allstate, Articles

FACT: Temperature extremes always bring out the worst in your car, like dead batteries, soft tires, gasoline freeze, and carburetor and heating problems.

FACT:  The most common car equipment failures are due to loss of brakes, tire blowouts, thread separation and then the steering and suspension failure.

– Facts provided by the NHTSA

Mother Nature is infamous for peppering December with dropping temperatures, snow, and dangerous icy road conditions. It is critical to make sure your car is prepared to take on the severe winter driving conditions bestowed upon New York during the holiday season.

“While you should keep your vehicle in top operating condition all year round, it is especially important to get it winterized to avoid dangerous situations while traveling in frigid weather,” stated Allstate NY spokesperson Jaclyn Darrohn.

Giving your vehicle a once-over is key to overall safety. Check your battery, engine, brakes, tire pressure, coolant, transmission and windshield washer fluids before driving. Also, make sure mirrors and seats are adjusted and seat belts are working properly.

Allstate Insurance Company and the Insurance Information Institute offer the following winter driving tips:

  • Leave more distance than usual between your vehicle and the one just ahead of you, giving yourself at least 10 seconds to come to a complete stop.
  • Be careful when driving over bridges as well as roadways rarely exposed to sunlight, as they are often icy when other areas are not.
  • Be sure to keep your gas tank full. A fuller gas tank also averts the potential freezing of your car’s gas-line.
  • Do not activate your cruise control when driving on a slippery surface.
  • Do not warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
  • Keep your tires properly inflated and remember that good tread on your tires is essential to safe winter driving.

For More information and a new quote please call Shirley Eizember, Pinckney Insurance Agency, 41 Port Watson St, Cortland New York. 607-756-8505

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer known for its “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®” slogan. Now celebrating its 80th anniversary as an insurer, Allstate is reinventing protection and retirement to help nearly 16 million households insure what they have today and better prepare for tomorrow. Consumers access Allstate insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives in the U.S. and Canada, as well as via and 1-800 Allstate®.

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