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Winter Car Tips

by: Steve Wilcott

Believe it or not, your car has affects from the cold too. Follow these tips to help you have a safer winter driving season.

First, and this goes for any time of year, change your oil at the manufacturers specified time, generally 3,000 miles. When you have an oil change most technicians also give your car a once over checking tires and belts and fluids. Remember, the oil is the life blood of your car.

Keep your gas tank full. This helps prevent possible moisture build up and also adds a bit of weight to your car which might help you in the snow. Don't let your tank fall below one half.

Replace your wiper blades. There's nothing worse than having no visibility, especially when you're getting the spray of salt up on your windshield. Make sure you have plenty of washer fluid. Carry an extra gallon with you. You go through it much faster in the winter weather due to salt spray.

Check the tire pressure on a regular basis. Make sure that if you don't have actual snow tires on different rims that the radials you have on your car have a good tread. Again, like the oil, keep an eye on the condition of your tires. A good rule is to have them rotated when you have your oil changed this will help prevent uneven wear. Make sure that you have a usable spare tire and you spare hasn't dry rotted.

There are a few things that you should keep in your car for winter driving, an ice scraper and deicer (it's a good thing to keep these things in the house too in case your car is covered with ice when you need to get into it), boots, gloves, a small shovel, sand and a flash light. Always have your cell phone fully charged and with you just in case.

Hopefully these tips will help you have a carefree winter driving experience.

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