So far, this winter has been pretty mild. But one thing we know about winter in Wisconsin – it will come at some point. Now is a good time to take advantage of the warmer than usual weather to make sure your car and home are ready for winter.
Getting Your Car Ready
Winter weather and driving conditions can be tough on your car. The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) provides guidance on keeping your car running safely during the winter months. Here are a few key tips (click link above for all the tips):
- Replace old windshield wiper blades if necessary, and keep plenty of windshield washer fluid on hand.
- Have your radiator serviced and make sure the antifreeze levels are appropriate.
- Check tires for wear and tear – worn tires are dangerous in the winter. Also check tire pressure once a month.
- Have your battery checked so you don’t have any surprises starting your car on a cold winter morning.
- Always keep an emergency kit in your car with extra gloves, boots and blankets; flares; a small shovel and sand or kitty litter; tire chains; a flashlight and extra batteries; and a cell phone and extra car charger. Put a few “high-energy” snacks in your glove box.
Getting Your Home Ready
Winter weather can cause major problems for your home – ice dams, fire, water damage, etc. One of our insurance companies – Integrity Insurance – has some tips to help keep your home warm and safe this winter.
- Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Have your furnace and duct work cleaned and inspected.
- Make sure you have enough attic insulation and check for any leaks.
- Check the seals on windows and doors.
- Cover or remove any external air conditioner units.
- Shut off water supply to external faucets.
- Clean the gutters; consider installing leaf guards.
- Have the chimney inspected and cleaned.
- Inspect and patch the roof, if necessary.
Meyer Insurance wishes you a safe and fun winter season. We are here when you need us if you have an insurance claim this winter.