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Tips & Tricks to Get Your Car Winter Ready

Luckily it's not too late to winterize your car, but just make sure you're ready soon. One thing that's key? Anti-freeze. You or your mechanic should make sure it's full, fresh and doesn't need to be flushed. Keep an emergency kit in your car, with blankets, a flashlight, water and snacks. A bag of sand or kitty litter can also get you moving if you're stuck.
Many drivers this week got a quick reminder about winter driving woes, but does that mean you - and your car - are prepared?

Luckily it's not too late to winterize your car, but just make sure you're ready soon.

Those bitter, winter nights are almost here, and the best way to avoid a crash is a quick course in car safety.

One thing that's key? Anti-freeze.
   
You or your mechanic should make sure it's full, fresh and doesn't need to be flushed.

"Have a visual of our coolant. If it's really muddy and dirty looking guess what, it needs changed. If it looks relatively clear and I can see through it then we're good," said Don Giovanini, owner of Don's Service Center in Terre Haute.

A battery test can simulate a cold winter morning to see if your car can survive those freezing elements.

"It's in the red. It should be in the green, 10 volts or higher. So this car, even though it was driven in to the shop today, this battery is not going to make it. It is going to fail," explained Giovanini.

And don't forget a quick check to make sure lights and wipers are working.
   
But most important to keep your moving - good tread on your tires. Just let Honest Abe be your guide.

"From the edge of a penny to the top of his head is 2/32" of tread depth. That is the end of the tire's life. If we have that or better than the tire still has some life let," explained Giovanini. "And as we can see here, we're definitely in pretty good shape on this particular tire."
   
If the top of Abe's head is showing, it's time for a change: "Because this is going to be an accident waiting to happen in a snowy morning."

You should also keep your gas tank more than half-full.

Keep an emergency kit in your car, with blankets, a flashlight, water and snacks.

A bag of sand or kitty litter can also get you moving if you're stuck.
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