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Prepping Your Car and Home for Winter

Taking precautions at home and on the road can help keep your family safe and save time and money.

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Take these precautions before heading out on the road this winter.

Care for your car Top off fluids and have your vehicle tuned up at an Approved Auto Repair shop. Ask your technician to check your tires for proper pressure and tread wear, then request a look at timing belts, wiper blades, batteries, and headlights. Minor work now can spare you major headaches—and expenses—later.

Prep your home Clogged gutters are a common source of water damage, so have yours cleaned. Weather-strip your doors and windows for better insulation. Clean the furnace and change its filters. Use LED lights in holiday decorations—they run cooler than traditional bulbs and will help lower your electric bill.

Update your emergency kit Before a road trip, stock the car with a mobile phone and charger, a flashlight with extra batteries, drinking water, snacks, first-aid supplies, flares or reflectors, and jumper cables. Also, keep your gas tank at least half full.

Double-check insurance Confirm that your home and auto insurance policies are current. Life events such as getting married, buying a new car, or making a change to your daily commute can affect your rates. If you’ve recently remodeled your house or purchased a big-ticket item, consider adjusting your home or renters insurance coverage. 

This article was first published in November 2016. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.

Get your car ready for winter by taking it to a AAA Approved Auto Repair facility.