March 04, 2014

Snow and ice are inevitable during the winter months, and they can wreak havoc to a car. This current season has been one of the toughest winters West Virginia has seen in a while, and Yeager Insurance wants to make sure your car is protected. It’s a good time to inspect your car for any issues that may have occurred during the last few storms, and prepare for any lingering ones that may hit as the season comes to a close.

The first thing you need to do is remove any road salt from your car. While a necessity for safe travel conditions, road salt is one of the most corrosive substances your car comes in contact with. If left on the body or undercarriage of a vehicle, road salt promotes rust, destroys the finish, and can affect the vehicles mechanics. Pick a day where the temperature is over 40 degrees and run your car through the car wash. Because winter isn’t quite over yet, make sure to open and close all the doors and trunk to prevent freezing, just in case the temperature drops overnight.

The second thing is to check your tires. The snow is starting to melt, but the potholes are getting bigger. Sometimes unavoidable, potholes play a major factor in damage to a tire. From bent rims, punctures and tread loss, to full on shock and strut damage, potholes are pretty much guaranteed to be found on post winter roads.

It’s important to check your tires for low pressure readings. Tire pressure can drop in cold temperatures, and unless your car has an automatic sensor, you may not be aware of the change. Keeping your tires inflated to the correct PSI will extend the life of your treads, maintain gas mileage, and ensure braking reliability. While down there, check your tires for any built up snow or ice that may impede performance.

It’s also a good idea to give your car an overall quick tune up. Check the fluid levels, replace the wiper blades, and check the car’s air filters. With spring approaching, transitioning your car from winter conditions is a necessary step to extend the life of your vehicle. Having a mechanic check your car for any signs of winter wear is always a great idea. This way, should any issues present, you can get a head start on correcting them.

The sunshine and nicer weather is coming. As soon as it does, you’ll want to get out and apply a coat of wax to your vehicle to provide additional protection. Also, give some love to the interior of your car, which has seen its share of muddy boots and snowy shoes.

You rely on your car every day, so giving it a little extra attention during the winter is crucial. Regular winter vehicle maintenance can ensure that your vehicle will be around to see next winter.