Ten Tips to Winterize Your Car

When it comes to your car and winter weather, there are a few things you need to do to make sure it's "winter ready.”

First, check and clean your battery. Have your battery system tested by a trained technician. A vehicle battery, according to Triple "A" loses 35 percent of its strenth at 32 degrees.

Next inspect all "FIVE" of your tires. Don't forget your spare! Tires lose one pound per square inch in pressure for every 10 degree drop in temperature. Also check your tread and make sure you’re not driving on worn tires.

Replace your wiper blades and refill your washer fluid. Make sure the washer fluid is formulated for colder temperatures. If there's water in the tank and it freezes, your tank will likely crack and when it thaws, no more washer fluid and you’re in the shop getting the tank replaced!

Last but not least, have a winter emergency kit in your car. That should include an ice scraper, flashlight with extra batteries, jumper cables, a cell phone car charger, general first aid kit and blanket just to name a few.

The full list of tips to prepare your car for winter weather.

1. Check the antifreeze (coolant)
2. Change the engine oil
3. Check the tires
4. Check the battery
5. Check the belts and hoses
6. Check the wipers and wiper fluid
7. Check the emergency kit
8. Check 4WD operation if equipped
9. Change your driving habits
10. Wash and wax your car

Above all else, stay off the road if at all possible.

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