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Winterize Your Ride

Winterize Your Ride


Preparing your vehicle for winter doesn’t have to be scary or difficult. Here are some tips we got from Bridgestone Tires, the NPR program “Car Talk”, & Edmunds:

  • Consider “winter” wipers – “winter” wiper blades are a bit heavier and are designed to push snow/ice away from the windshield. Don’t keep them on year-round, the additional weight of the blades will cause premature wear on the wiper motors.
  • Look into snow tires – these days most tires are considered “all-season” whereas there is no need to swap them out when winter hits. You might want to think about snow tires if you live in a rural area or part of the country where winters can be the worst for snow/ice. The compounds used in making the tires are resistant to temperature changes and help get a better grip on the road.
  • Keep your wiper fluid and gas tanks full – the less area for moisture to accumulate & freeze, the better. Use wiper fluid rated for below-freezing temperatures if needed.
  • Check the battery/belts/hoses – replace as necessary, with the colder temps  already-cracked hoses & belts can become brittle and fail in freezing temperatures.
  • Check the heating system & defrosters – verify that the front & rear defrosters work as well as the heating system. Nothing worse than trying to drive “blind” because your defroster stopped working.


Visit the above-mentioned websites for more tips on making your vehicle safe this winter!

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At Marsilje & Vander Plow Insurance Agency, we can work with you to make sure you’ve got the coverage you need, while at the same time using all possible credits and discounts to make that coverage affordable. Just give us a call at 616-396-1497 or send us a note at marsiljeins@gmail.com. We want to help you meet your goals, and make sure what’s important to you is protected!

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