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7 Tips For Getting Your Vehicle Ready For Winter In Central Oregon

By Tye Farnsworth

BEND, Ore. – Winter in Central Oregon is right around the corner and even though temperatures are still in the 50’s and 60’s on most days they can drop overnight and you will wake up one morning with snow on the ground.

If your vehicle isn’t ready for Winter in Central Oregon you can get it ready by following these simple tips.

Tip #1 – Get Your Tires Inspected

Although most people will change to snow tires for the winter, you can still drive safely if you at the very least have your tires inspected and confirm that you’re driving with an all season tire since an all-season tire should get you where you want to go safely especially if you’re just commuting to and from work each day.

Tip #2 – Purchase Chains For Your Tires

Chains are essential in Central Oregon during the winter because it’s possible that we could have one or two heavy snow storms and you will want to have chains just so you can have confidence in your ability to drive safely on roads with heavy snow.

Tip #3 – Inspect Your Windshield Wipers

Having functioning wiper blades is also essential during the winter in Central Oregon because your wiper blades will help you to have a clear windshield that’s free of ice and snow. If you haven’t replaced your wiper blades in some time you should purchase new blades from your favorite auto parts store.

Tip #4 – Get Your Radiator Serviced

During the winter in Central Oregon, you will want to make sure that your vehicles engine is functioning normally and the best way to do this is to have your radiator serviced from your favorite mechanic.

Tip #5 – Make Sure Your Vehicle Has A Scrapper

When there’s snow you will want to make sure that you’re able to safely scrape snow away and one of the best ways to do this is by having a snow scraper in your vehicle at all times just so you don’t have to “wing it” and use whatever you can to scrape away snow.

Tip #6 – Check Your Heater

The next thing to do for you to get ready in Central Oregon is to check the heater in your vehicle because you’re going to want to use heat, of course, and there’s nothing worse than getting into an ice cold vehicle only to find out that the heating element doesn’t work so you should check the heater now and have it fixed if it’s not heating up your vehicle within seconds on a cold day or night.

Tip #7 – Purchase A Winter Go Bag

Last of all, but most important, no matter what type of vehicle you drive you should have a winter “go bag” that includes a blanket, warm jacket, flashlight, batteries, freeze dried food and medical supplies because it’s better to be safe if you’re stuck in the snow, rather than sorry.

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My name is Tye Farnsworth, thank you for reading this bio! I was born and raised in Central Oregon. For an affordable insurance quote please contact me at (541) 318-8835 or connect with me online.