From black ice to snow drifts and white outs, we are all too familiar with the winter conditions here in Newfoundland and driving in them can make driving exceptionally challenging but getting your vehicle winter ready is easier than you might think. Here are a few precautions you can take before hitting the road to make sure you arrive safe and sound:
Get your vehicle checked
Take your car for a maintenance check up to ensure your fluid levels (oil, antifreeze, etc.) are at the correct amount and make sure your windshield washer fluid is both full and is rated for the cold weather. It is always a good idea to have extra antifreeze and windshield washer fluid in the car for when you unexpectedly need it or run out.
Install your winter tires
Installing winter tires on your vehicle is a smart idea for obvious reasons, but did you know you could get a winter tire discount? This discount is applicable to everyone in Newfoundland and Labrador, no matter who your current insurance provider may be. While all insurers will be required to offer a discount to customers with private passenger vehicles, the amount of the discount is up to the insurer and the insured may require a picture of the winter tires or a receipt for the installation of the tires in order to have the coverage added.
It is important to check your windshield wipers to ensure they are not damaged and are in good working condition. For example, if your wipers are squeaking while on, this indicates that there is damage on the lining of the blades making the wipers unable to efficiently clean the windshield. This results in an unclear visual of the road, and let’s be honest, it is annoying and an unnecessary distraction!
It’s always a good idea to be prepared for the unexpected. When you are on the road in winter conditions, unpredictable things can happen like your car breaking down, you get a flat, etc. If something like this happens and you are unable to get help right away, it is a good idea to have an emergency pack handy that contains the following things:
- Blankets, gloves, hats, etc.
- Non-perishable food and water
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Jumper cables
- First aid kit
- Phone charger
And any other supply you deem necessary to have if stuck in a similar situation!
One of the most important things to remember when driving in winter weather conditions is to slow down and drive responsibly! If you have any questions about your car insurance or looking for information regarding car insurance, give us a call today at (709) 722-3282. To make an emergency claim, please go to our Claims page.
Drive Safe Everyone!!