12.01.2017 | Driving Tips
Winter Vehicle Maintenance
Many people look forward to the winter season. It’s known for holidays and the placid scene of hillsides and lawns covered in snow. This snow also finds its way to the streets and roads you have to drive on.
The result can see the calming and peaceful season turned into a stressful experience for any driver.
Even if you are experienced driving in the snow, the winter weather can present many variables that impair your driving abilities and put you (and anyone you share the road with) in danger. But beyond the hazards of heavy snow, black ice, and impaired visibility due to falling sheets of white, there is the threat of winter-remedying solutions taking their toll on your car.
Many motorists find themselves struggling with scraping ice from their window, removing road salt from the grill, and carefully coating their vehicle’s exterior until the winter passes.
Thanks to the technological solutions available today, it is easier than ever to winter-proof your vehicle. Just in case one of those hazards still find a way to impact you, proper insurance can be a great backup plan.
The Main Hazards of the Winter Season
When winter rolls around, most people who live in areas that get extreme conditions prepare early. Even if you don’t see a lot of snow or ice in your area when the temperature drops, the main hazards of the season are apparent.
Sleet, snow, and ice can make for some nasty road conditions that cast uncertainty on every trip we take. Even if you’ve equipped your vehicle with snow tires and even if it is equipped with a four-wheel drive feature, the winter requires us to approach every journey with care and extra concentration.
Winter means any driver who gets on the roads can face these hazards. Even if you are able to reach your destination safely based on solid driving skills and good judgement, the people you share the roads with may not be able to say the same thing.
Proper insurance is vital when you’re driving in the winter season. Even if a swerving driver forces you to correct and then lose control, you may face liability for the accident.
Making sure you are covered is key for avoiding the biggest problems during the winter season.
The Hidden Hazards That Wear Down Your Car
Everyone knows their car could become damaged if they end up in an accident due to risky winter weather. But there are a few ways your car could become damaged even if you never have an issue while behind the wheel.
Road salt is a common tool used to help drivers gain a bit more traction on the roads after a winter storm. Though it does help break down the icy mess winter can leave behind on roadways, it also has a nasty side-effect.
Road salt can break down the frames of vehicles, eroding the material and creating a major eyesore for the owners.
In addition, constant exposure to road salt can even harm a vehicle’s lights, rims, and mechanical components on the underside.
When our vehicle is constantly exposed to road salt and other materials placed on roadways for safety reasons, it can sustain heavy damage in a short period of time.
Removing road salt with proper cleaning solutions and practices is vital for protecting your investment from the lesser-addressed hazards of winter.
Long-Term Benefits of Removing Road Salt
Giving a bit of extra care to your care in the winter is a great investment for future-minded owners. When you own a car and depend on it to get you and your loved ones around, you need to ensure a rough winter season won’t damage your investment too heavily.
Clearing off road salt from your vehicle either on your own or through a cleaning appointment with professionals helps ensure the vehicle’s damage doesn’t become too severe. It also ensures minor dings don’t turn into openings, and that barely-visible dents won’t turn lead to discolored sections.
Removing road salt, ice and snow, and other winter hazards from your car helps ensure it will retain value. If you want to trade it in or resell it later, this ensures you will get more from the deal than you would’ve by letting the winter-wear pile up over time.
Damage to your vehicle could impair your ability to control it safely, meaning a bit of preventive maintenance in the present could help you avoid costly liability in the future.
Staying Safe in the Winter
The winter season has a mixed reputation among drivers. Some dread it heavily, others don’t mind it, and the remainder fall somewhere in between.
But staying safe in the winter means winter-proofing your car when you can, getting maintenance during the season when necessary, and ensuring your protected in a worst-case scenario.
Good insurance can mean the difference between getting through the winter season as a driver without taking a financial loss. Insurance providers understand that winter conditions can impair our ability to control vehicles and sometimes cause our property to sustain damage we never expected.
High-risk insurance that covers the hazards of winter gives you a safety net when the roads get rough.
Even if the salt poses more of a threat to your vehicle than the snow, a bit of maintenance with today’s technology and vehicle-servicing solutions can help any driver stay prepared.
Many people worry heavily about how to prepare for what is widely considered the roughest time of the year to be a motorist. But with maintenance and insurance, it becomes much easier to enjoy the season than fear it.