Driving safely in winter weather can be a challenge no matter where you live on the East Coast. It’s much easier to get into an accident when there is black ice on the road or when it’s sleeting and snowing. That can make your auto insurance rates go up even if whatever happens is out of your control. Here are some tips for how to drive more safely. (more…)
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The mornings are dark and frigid, and there’s always frost on your car when you come outside to go to work. That’s a sure sign that winter is on its way. Even though fall is far from over, it’s time to start preparing your home for the next season. Here are some tips on how to do it and protect your home insurance investment. (more…)
Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone and we’re all safe in our homes, there might be something you don’t think about during all of the frantic holiday travelings: dodging deer. Deer are common sights during the fall, and just before winter arrives, too. Did you know that according to the Insurance Information Institute, over a million accidents involving cars and deer happen every year? Here are some tips for preventing such a collision from happening to you and raising your car insurance rates. (more…)
You’re sitting in your kitchen, and you suddenly hear the loud THUD of falling snow. You look outside, and your car is covered in heavy, hard chunks of snow and ice. What do you do now?
Here are a few handy tips for dealing with snow and ice hazards after a snowstorm.
If your car is buried under a huge pile of snow, you may be tempted to just grab a shovel and start digging. However, shovels–even plastic shovels–can do a lot of damage when used to remove snow off of your car. Instead, make sure that you have snow removal equipment that was made to remove snow from a car safely without scratching the surface. Even your arm works better than a shovel! (more…)
The snow, ice, and potholes of winter can do a number on your car. If you want to extend the life of your car, try these five easy post-winter maintenance procedures.
Come March, you’ll want to remove your snow tires and replace them with your regular tires. If you kept your all-season tires on throughout the winter, it’s a good idea to take them to a mechanic to have them rotated. This is because your drive wheels get worn more during the winter than during any other season. Having your tires regularly rotated every 3,000 to 6,000 miles will help to evenly distribute wear and prolong the life of your tires. (more…)
You’ve probably noticed the immense amount of road salt that was spread to protect against the icy roadway conditions caused by Storm Jonas. You may have even spread some salt on the sidewalk yourself. However, not all salt is alike. While it’s possible for you to purchase safer salts that have less harmful chemicals, the salt that is spread on the roadways have corrosive attributes that can be very damaging to your vehicle. Here’s how you can protect your car against damage from road salt. (more…)
Now is the best time to make sure that your car is prepared for the upcoming winter. Whether we get several feet of fluffy snow or days and days of slush, your car will need to be equipped to handle the winter weather. Driving carefully is a great practice, but it unfortunately won’t help when your car breaks down. So, get your car ready now, while the weather is still nice and temperate!
Get the Equipment
You want to make sure that you don’t end up in a compromising situation in the dead of winter. Stock up now on important tools that you can use to avoid a crisis. You can start by making sure that your car is equipped with a snow scraper for scraping off your windshield when it gets icy. Also keep a shovel and kitty litter or sand in your trunk for when your car gets stuck in the snow. You can shovel away extra snow then lay down the kitty litter or sand to give your tires traction. Finally, make sure you have an emergency kit in your car. This should include flares, jumper cables, a flashlight with batteries, and extra gloves and a blanket. You can even keep some energy bars in your glove box just in case. (more…)