Preparing for Winter

Q: What should I have checked on my car before winter hits?

A: To keep your car running smoothly, have the oil changed and other routine maintenance completed as scheduled. Check all the fluid levels. Most importantly make sure the antifreeze is tested. You want to make sure your car’s antifreeze is protected to about –34 degrees Fahrenheit. A load test on the battery is also beneficial to see if it will make it through the winter. If the battery is over 5 years old, you may need a new one. Check the tread depth on the tires. You want to make sure you have plenty of tread (more than 5/32nds of an inch), especially if you travel in snow regions. Inspect the car’s wiper blades for torn or dried out rubber. Prepare a winter survival kit and place it in the trunk.