Getting Your Car Ready For The Cold Weather

It’s not uncommon to see cars stranded on the side of the road during the winter, but there are a few steps you can take to help reduce the chances of your car breaking down.

Mechanics say to keep your regular oil change schedule, but keep an eye on your oil level and other fluid levels.

The cold can do a number of your windshield wipers. The lower temperatures harden the rubber blades, making them easier to tear.

Elige Powell, the general manager of the Discount Tire in Hamburg, said, "The easiest way to check these is pick them up, run your fingers down the actual rubber blade part. If you notice any dry rot, cracking, things like that, it would be a good idea to get these off of your car."

To help keep your heat running more efficiently, have the status of your cabin filter checked along with your regular engine air filter.

Powell said to also watch your tires, including their pressure and tread depth.

He said the penny trick actually works. If you insert a penny into the tread upside down, the tread should at least cover a portion of Lincoln’s head.

Experts also recommended keeping a safety kit in the trunk, which includes basic tools, a working flashlight, blankets, snacks, and water in case your car does experience problems.

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