Getting your car ready for winter

With falling temperatures, you might want to take steps to protect your car from the frigid conditions.

Here are some tips on how to winterize your car and stay safe on the roads.

When it comes to getting ready for the winter, dressing in layers may come to mind. But you should also make sure your car up to speed. It can mean the difference between a smooth ride home and an emergency situation.

So before you hit the road, make sure your vehicle has enough juice. The experts at AAA say that a battery can lose 30 percent of its power when the temperatures are near freezing, and as much as 60 percent in sub freezing conditions.

Next, check the oil so your engine doesn’t seize up and test your tire pressure. To find out the correct pressure for your car, look at the sticker located on the inside of the driver’s door. If your maximum pressure is 40 PSI or pounds per square inch, your ideal number should be 30 psi.

You can also check your tire depth with a quarter. If Washington’s head is right at that tire tread, you know you’ve got the minimum about of depth needed to drive safely on the roads.

Also, have enough food and water on hand along with a shovel, snow brush and cat litter. The litter gives you an extra bit of traction.

And if you get stuck in an embankment, you can do something called rocking to get unstuck. All you have to do is go forward and backwards several times. Hopefully, the rocking motion will allow you to break free from the snowy grip.

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