Safety Center

Getting Your Vehicle Ready for Cold Weather

Each season presents its own set of issues for drivers. From extreme cold to snow-covered roads, your automobile has to be ready to meet the winter challenges head on. Here are 10 tips that you or your mechanic can follow to get your vehicle ready.

  1. Inspect tires for excessive wear and replace, if necessary.

  2. Keep your tires inflated to recommended tire pressure.

  3. Check and replace worn windshield wipers.

  4. Have your battery examined for cranking power and clean contact points.

  5. Inspect your cooling system for leaks, fluid levels, and whether the antifreeze should be changed.

  6. When it's time for an oil change, use the recommended winter oil viscosity (thickness).

  7. Check and replace dirty filters (air, fuel, PVC).

  8. Make sure your heater and defroster are working properly.

  9. Have your brakes inspected for worn brake pads, drums, and rotors.

  10. Keep an emergency kit in the car that includes: car phone charger; flashlight and extra batteries; small shovel; sand or kitty litter; road flares; jumper cables; blanket; bottled water; and snacks.

NJM Insurance Group’s Commitment to Safety

NJM’s enduring commitment to safety can be traced back to our earliest days — with a focus that has expanded from improving conditions in manufacturing facilities to helping keep customers safe on the roads and at home. NJM is a leader in personal and commercial auto, homeowners, and workers’ compensation insurance.


  1. “Be Prepared for Winter Driving,”

  2. National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE),

Our Safety Center pages are filled with tips related to the safety and maintenance of your home and autos. The information contained in these articles should not be construed as professional advice, and is not intended to replace official sources. Other resources linked from these pages are maintained by independent providers; therefore, NJM cannot guarantee their accuracy.