Getting Your Car Ready for Winter

As one of the northernmost states in the US and surrounded on three sides by the Great Lakes, Michigan gets some seriously bad winters. Here are some tips for getting your car ready for winter so you can keep your car on the road in any conditions.

First of all, make sure your car is running at its best. Check the fluids and make sure your antifreeze is at the right level. If you haven’t had your oil changed in a while, now is a great time to get that done, since you’ll want fresh oil to keep your engine running well in the cold weather. Get your brakes checked for thin brake pads, leaks in the lines, and so on.

It’s a good idea to get your battery tested—cold is harsh on batteries, so if it’s already having problems it may not last through the season. Check your tires for worn tread, cracks, bulges, and leaks. If your tire pressure is low, it reduces traction, which is less safe for you and uses more fuel. If your tread is low, you may want to get new tires. Otherwise, check the pressure regularly and add air when necessary—cold weather reduces tire pressure.

Put together an emergency kit with warm clothes, blankets, flares, flashlights, nonperishable snacks and water, basic tools, and anything else you might need to get help and stay warm if you do break down.

Why Michigan is the Best State to Live In

If you’re a Michigan native, you know that our awesome state is the best state to live in, hands down. If you’re not a resident and you’re looking for a new place to call home, here are a few of the many reasons why Michigan is the perfect choice!

First of all, most of Michigan has an incredibly affordable cost of living. Homes that cost thousands of dollars to rent in more expensive states are hundreds of dollars in the biggest Michigan cities. If you live in Michigan, you can afford to enjoy your close proximity to all four of the Great Lakes—buy a boat, go on frequent weekend trips. Michigan is your oyster.

The lakes, and all the other beautiful nature you can see in Michigan, are another reason to make the state your new home. Day trips to the beach, hiking in the forest, and picnics in the park are all just a few minutes away from any given place in the state.

Michigan also has a rich culture of sports and arts. Few states have football fans as passionate as the fans of the University of Michigan Wolverines and Michigan is home to the Detroit Electronic Music Festival and the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Whether you want to live in a big city, a bustling college town, or somewhere more rural, Michigan has something for everyone.