Winter weather is right around the corner. There are a few things you should be doing to make sure your car can make it through the colder months. Here are nine ways you can get your car ready for winter:
- Check fluids –One of the most important fluids you should be checking is the brake fluid. This keeps your brakes working properly, so if they ever feel “off”, check your brake fluid. Other important fluids are your engine oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and of course, windshield washer fluid.
- Tire check – Worn or low pressure tires are very dangerous in winter conditions. Check your tire pressure at least once a month. If your tires have more than 40,000 miles on them, it could be time to get new ones.
- Oil change – Regular oil and filter changes are vital things you should be doing for your car but are often neglected. Getting a regular oil change is essential to protecting your car’s engine and to ensure it’s running properly.
- Check your battery – The average car battery lasts an average of four years. Its life depends on several factors including how much you drive and the conditions you drive in. Have a professional check your battery if the battery in your car is a few years old or more.
- Snow tires – Snow tires have special treads to help your car handle better in the ice and snow. They can be more expensive than traditional tires, but if you travel a lot or don’t drive a 4-wheel vehicle, snow tires can be your best bet.
- Check your wiper blades – Wiper blades typically last six months. If you can’t remember the last time you changed them, it’s probably time to do so. Since the ice and snow season is right around the corner, heavy duty wiper blades that can the elements are a good investment and should last through the coldest of winters.
- Pack an emergency kit – A good emergency kit should include extra boots, blankets, flares, a small shovel, a flashlight and “high-energy” snacks. Keep this kit inside your car and not the trunk.
- Roadside assistance – An emergency kit in your car is a great idea in case anything happens to you while out on the road, but roadside assistance is even better. Roadside assistance protection from Love My Credit Union Rewards’ Credit Union Auto Club gives you peace of mind. And if anything were to happen to you on the road, you’ll know that help is just a phone call away. Whether you’ve locked your keys in the car or you need a tow, Credit Union Auto Club will be there 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
- Buy a new car – Cars are only built to last so long. Maintenance on an older vehicle can very expensive. According to Consumer Report’s owner-cost of a five-year-old car can be as high as $2,000 a year. With the Credit Union Member Discount from GM, buying a new car is easier – and more affordable – than ever. Credit union members can receive a special discount price* when they purchase an eligible, new GM vehicle. Plus, this is in addition to most current incentives and special offers.
*Must be a member of a participating credit union. A statement or membership card for the credit union will be required as proof of eligibility at the dealership. Not available with some other offers. See dealer for details. Discount is available to members no matter where they finance their purchase.