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How to winterize your vehicle

By: Samantha Saracino Email
By: Samantha Saracino Email

The cold weather is hitting everyone hard. People are turning up the heat in their homes and layering up before they step outside,but what are people doing to their cars?

Just like we all winterize our wardrobe to stay warm during these cold months, we need to do the same thing for our vehicles. Officials say most people don't usually worry about getting their cars checked and ready until something happens to them, so here are a few tips for everyone to consider this season.

Traveling can be dangerous during winter weather, especially if you and your car are not prepared for possible emergencies.

"They're not thinking about what happens if it breaks down and they have to walk or wait for somebody to come, you know, how cold is it going to be in the vehicle with it not running?" said Tony Eversole, the Chief Deputy at the Perry County Sheriff's Office.

Owner of Convenient Lube, Brian Blair, recommends getting a few things checked out.

"Check the air pressure in their tires. Make sure they have good tires on their vehicles. Make sure the anti-freeze is good in your vehicle and freeze protection is good there," blair explained.

He says windshield wipers are also key.

"People don't normally think about them until they have to have them. They recommend changing them about every 6 months so you want to make sure those are in good condition."

A good charging system is also important

"Cold weather definitely makes the battery go down and drain quicker. You need to make sure you do have a good battery," Eversole said.

It also doesn't hurt to keep your car stocked with things like an emergency kit with a blanket and jumper cables along with a scrapper to take off any snow or ice before you head out.

"Whenever you go out in the morning and it's cold, you want to make sure you start you car up and let it run and warm up before you take off in it," said Blair.

Officials also recommend always having at least a 2/3 tank of gas so your fuel lines don't freeze. Blair says you don't have to go to an auto shop to get your car checked, you can do it yourself but if you don't know the proper way to check your tires or make sure you have enough anti freeze in your car you might want to leave it to the professionals to make sure everything is really good to go.

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