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Fireman’s Fund Offers Tips to Prepare Your Auto for Winter Travel

NOVATO, Calif., Dec 23, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — The cold-snap has arrived and
the stormy winter days and dark evenings are here. It is time to prepare your
car for the winter months to minimise the risk of a breakdown. Such breakdowns
could be avoided by carrying out regular checks, so motorists are advised to
follow these steps to minimise the risk.

“There’s nothing worse than breaking down on a cold winter night, stranded on
the side of the road,” said Jim Fults, auto insurance leader at Fireman’s Fund
Insurance Company. “A few basic and regular checks can dramatically reduce the
risk of getting stuck on the road.

“We urge motorists to set aside some time to carry out a series of simple
checks,” said Fults. “Some may seem like common sense, but you’ll be surprised
at how many drivers forget after the summer. For example, it is crucial to
ensure all your lights are clean and working properly. Always replace any broken
bulbs immediately. If you don’t, you will not only find it difficult to see the
road clearly, you run the risk of not being seen by other drivers.

“In addition, it is a good idea to put together an emergency winter survival kit
so that you are prepared should you breakdown. Remember to include a flashlight,
blanket, ice scraper and a first aid kit.”

Make sure you minimize the risk of breakdown this winter by following some tips
from Fireman’s Fund:


— Get your car checked — a professional check is worth it, for added peace of

— Check your tires — rain, snow and ice can make roads lethal. Check your tire
tread and make sure the air pressure is okay

— Light the way — keep lights clean and make sure they are working

— Get charged up — a dead battery is the main cause of breakdowns, so get it
checked and replaced if necessary

— Cooling System — ensure this is checked and that the anti-freeze content
meets the manufacturer requirements

— Wipers — check windscreen wipers and replace if they fail to clear the
screen correctly

— Fuel — ensure you have more than enough for your journey

Be prepared:

— Take a fully charged cell phone and navigation device

— Shovel in case of snow

— De-icer and a scraper for windows

— Blanket and warm clothing in case the worst happens

— Sturdy shoes or rubber boots

— Some snacks, such as energy bars

— Extra fuel

About Fireman’s FundInsurance Company

Founded in 1863, Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company is a premier property and
casualty insurance company providing personal and commercial insurance products
backed by industry-leading claims and risk management solutions. Fireman’s Fund
is a leader in high-net-worth, entertainment, and green insurance. Since 2004,
it has donated more than $27 million in grants to local fire departments across
the U.S. as part of its commitment to safer communities. Fireman’s Fund is a
member of the Allianz Group, one of the world’s largest providers of property
and casualty insurance, ranked 27th on Fortune’s Global 500 list of the world’s
largest corporations. For additional information, visit

SOURCE: Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company

Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company
Janet Ruiz, 415-899-5381

Copyright Business Wire 2011


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