Preparing Your Car for Winter Weather

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Every now and then you should place a penny into a few of the tread grooves on your tire. If the top of the Lincoln Memorial is consistently covered by the tread, you have enough to drive safely in snow. If not, it may be time for new tires. It was a week ago when Decatur resident, Dorothy Miller, discovered..

"...The imminent need of having a better tread on my tires so I came to buy new tires to give me better traction on this snow and ice."

Auto expert, T. R. Flynn say that during the cold weather, the constant contact of your tires with ice and snow reduces their pressure.

"A vehicle built at or after 2008 has a tire pressure monitoring system on it that will tell you if you have a low tire on your car," said Flynn.

For cars made before then, you can check the tires, yourself, with an air pressure gauge.

"If you don't have the sensor, you would have to take your air gauge, and go to each valve stem on your tire and apply that gauge there so you could get an accurate reading."

Flynn said winter weather is also a threat to tire tread.

"A tire that is half worn out has lost more than half of it's effectiveness in this type of weather.

He says there's only one remedy.

"Well, you buy new tires. Ha ha."

And as for your battery, extreme temperatures are it's worst enemy.

"You're putting your car under a much greater load, said Flynn. "You've got the heater cranked full blast. You got your lights on. You got your windshield wipers going. So, if you have to jump your car and your battery, in theory is still good, you would want to drive 20 or 30 miles so that battery would have a chance to fully recharge."

If it's more than three years old, Flynn says it should be replaced. Other auto chores to consider are a brake inspection, an antifreeze check, and a wiper system adjustment.

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