Tips to Prep Vehicle for Winter Months

by Danielle Cotterman on October 3, 2011 at 5:40 am

October is here, meaning winter driving is just around the corner.

The months leading up to the winter season are crucial for car maintenance, this being the reason AAA officially declares the month of October "Car Care Month." Spokesperson Kimberly Schwind said during a winter storm AAA receives between 3 and 4,000 calls, which is twice as many as a normal day. Her first suggestions to avoid these emergencies is to know a few vehicle maintenance tips you can do yourself.

"Things like your tires, make sure you know exactly how much to fill your tires and that they are adequately filled. Make sure you check that tire depth, you can use a penny or a quarter to check, make sure that it’s up to Lincoln’s head on a penny," explained Schwind.  "Also check your battery to make sure their isn’t any corrosion, if there is you can wipe that off with a wire brush."

Schwind recommends more complex maintenance be taken to a reliable mechanic. Troy Humphrey has been working with cars for the past 33 years. He said despite the poor economy, he has seen a steady increase in business as people are repairing their older vehicles, rather than purchasing a new one. Humphrey especially sees the spike in maintenance with the change of seasons and extreme temperatures. He suggests you take immediate action when your car begins to act-up.

"If you notice your batteries cranking over slow in the mornings the first thing you should get checked is your battery," said Humphrey. "A lot of people wait until it’s too late, until they have to call a towing service to pull them in to put a battery in."

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