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Prepare your car for colder weather

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Kimberly Rojas, staff writer

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Southern winters are notoriously mild, but there are still steps that can be taken to properly prepare your car for colder temperatures.

While we are not susceptible to snow storms, we do see our fair share of icy roads and freezing rain. These are two driving conditions that are just as dangerous if you are ill-equipped to handle them.

Many sites such as How Stuff Works place lack of preparedness as one of the top mistakes drivers make.

Here are some more simple steps you can take to make your car cold weather worthy:

Check your battery: “It’s often more difficult for a battery to operate in cold weather than it is for a battery to operate in warm weather,” according to Autotrader. Make sure there is no corrosion and take your car and have a volt test done. Many places such as Auto Parts and Auto Zone provide this service free of charge.

Check your tires: Bald tires can be a hazard at any time of year, but they are especially dangerous on icy roads when even normal tires have trouble finding traction. Also, make sure you’re not driving with underinflated tires. This can lead to uneven wear or reduce the maneuverability of your car.

Check your anti-freeze: “When temperatures get colder, a vehicle’s antifreeze becomes vital for operation because it regulates your engine’s temperature and ensures it runs properly,” according to Farmers Insurance.

Check your hoses and belts: This is one of the least do-it-yourself parts of this list, but a simple trip to the mechanic will take care of this for a reasonable fee. They will be able to identify if these parts are winter ready or will need to be replaced.

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