Preparedness Email - Week 1
Weatherize Your Vehicle
Extreme weather conditions - whether cold or heat - can be taxing on vehicles and passengers, creating unsafe conditions. If you haven't done so already, take time now to ensure your vehicle is in good working order so it's useful when you need it. There are things you can check yourself, and other things that you might need checked at a garage.
☐ Check windshield wiper blades. When wiper blades no longer make proper contact with the windshield surface, they squeak, chatter, skip, smear or streak.
☐ Buy a jug of wiper fluid and put it in the trunk. Check wiper fluid every time you put gas in the vehicle. Keep it topped up. How to fill your wiper fluid video.
☐ Check tire tread. This is important for both rain and snow traction. Here's some new information about how to check tire treads.
☐ Check tire pressure. You'll need a pressure gauge. You'll find the manufacturer's recommended tire pressure for your car on a sticker in the door jam, or in your owner's manual. Some models place the stickers on the trunk lid, in the console, or on the fuel door. Recommended pressure is usually between 30 and 35 PSI. You can fill the tires with air at any gas station.
☐ Check brakes. You may need to take it to a shop to get those checked. Allstate has a useful how-to for checking brakes. This video may be useful for checking your brake pads yourself if you have an open tire.
☐ Check radiator antifreeze, both the level in the radiator and specific gravity. You're going to need an antifreeze hydrometer to do this and it may be a task you want done at a garage.
☐ Keep your oil filled. How to check oil.
☐ Keep your tank at least half full.
☐ Mark your paper or online calendar now to ensure you don't forget regular maintenance. For example, wiper blades should be replaced approximately twice a year. Check coolant level twice a year (before summer heat and winter cold). Check brake fluid with oil changes. Rotate tires approx every 6,000 miles and check brakes at that time.
Sign Up for the Preparedness Challenge
Every few weeks you will receive an email with one action item you can take immediately to begin to prepare your family, home or car for extreme weather. By the end of the year, you will either know what you need to do next, or you will have completed your preparedness plan.