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How to Prepare Your Car for Winter

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Winter doesn’t officially start until December 21st, but it won’t be long until we’re hit.  So if you haven’t done the stuff on this list yet, get busy. Here are four things you need to do to prepare your car for winter:

#1.) Check Your Battery- The average battery lasts three to five years. So have your mechanic check it out. If it’s borderline, you should probably get a new one. It’s better than getting stranded somewhere in the cold.

#2.) Check Your Tire Pressure- It drops when the temperature drops. And if your tires are low, they won’t get as much traction. Also, make sure they don’t need to be REPLACED. Did you know if your tires are old and ratty or low on pressure that it’ll suck up your gas too?  True story.

#3.) Check Your Wiper Blades- Think about replacing them if they’re more than a year old. You can get new ones for fifteen or twenty bucks and a lot of the auto stores that sell them will pop them on for you for free.

#4.) Put Together an Emergency Car Kit- People laugh at me all the time because I’ve got an old army ammo box filled with stuff, but laugh away because if anyone’s car breaks down, you’re gonna want to be in the car with me.  I’ve got food rations, thermal blankets, water packets and more. It’s important to have an emergency kit ALL the time, but obviously it’s more important in the winter. A winter kit should include a blanket, a flashlight, batteries, snacks that won’t go bad, bottled water, matches, a first-aid kit, and any winter clothing you might need.

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