We are finally starting to get some cold November temperatures.  Our first snowfall really hasn't hit Sedalia yet, although my family back in Illinois saw flakes.  Now would be a good time to make sure your car is winterized and prepared.  We all remember last winter don't we? Lots of snow, some brutally cold mornings, and tough driving conditions. Vehicle maintenance professionals say NOW is the time to prepare your vehicle.

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We cannot avoid the winter, so lets embrace it.  It’s best to winterize your car before the first flake falls, because small problems that may have been ignored during warmer months could grow worse, leaving you stranded when the temperature plummets.

These tips should help keep your car running all winter long:

  • Take your car to a mechanic and have them check the following: battery, antifreeze level, thermostat, heater, brakes, and defroster.
  • Make sure your tires have adequate tread. If the treads are worn, replace them. Ideally, you should look at snow tires which have treads that provide better traction and are equipped to handle extreme winter driving conditions.
  • Inspect your vehicle’s lights. Make sure the front and rear lights are working properly, especially the flashing hazard lights.
  • It’s possible that your windshield wiper fluid may freeze at some point during the winter months, so instead of toughing it out until spring, exchange the fluid with one made especially for freezing, or below freezing conditions.
  • Speaking of windshield wipers, it’s a good idea to purchase winter wiper blades. They’re made to cut through snow and ice instead of using the regular blades all year long.
  • Check the spray nozzles of your windshield-washer system. Sometimes, they get blocked by build up and debris. You can use a needle or pin to clear blocked nozzles.
  • Road salt commonly used during the winter months can damage your car’s paint. Rinsing it off every once in a while can help, but a good wash and a coat of fresh wax will go a long way in preventing corrosion — keeping your vehicle looking like new.

A final suggestion - Keep emergency supplies in your trunk.  Blankets, water, spare phone charger, and extra clothing. You can also click HERE for a few more tips.  Are you ready for winter? It will be here before you know it.  Prepare your vehicle.

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