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Cold weather car preps - being prepared on the road

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Winter can sometimes be especially brutal on your vehicle.

Ellery Curtis with Roper Automotive suggests that your car winterization start a month before real winter weather begins.

"The one big thing that you really need to watch for here is tires," Curtis said. "Because it doesn’t get that cold here, some of the other winterization things aren’t as important, but in the wintertime, tires are very, very important. Sometimes we let our tires get too cruddy before we fix them or put new ones on."

You’ll also want to make sure that your tires have the proper pressure because it usually drops during the colder months.

If your pressure is off or uneven from tire to tire, that could cause steering issues, which will be amplified during wet or slick conditions.

Batteries are another big thing to check on during the winter. If you see crystals or buildup forming on top of your battery, especially if it keeps recurring after cleaning them, you need to replace it soon, or you may have a dead battery the next time you try to crank up your car.

As for your fluids - oil, coolant, et cetera, Curtis recommends checking with your mechanic or reading the manual to know the best fit for your exact car make and model during each season.

If you’re traveling to colder climates during the winter months, be sure to take your car for a checkup beforehand, as all of these items will be crucial for safe, hassle free travel.

Don't forget to pack a road kit so you can be prepared in the case of an accident - Click here for this and more Winter Weather Preparedness tips.

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