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Winterize vehicles before hitting the road

When it comes to winter driving, people can stack the deck in their favor by winterizing their vehicles. It is wise to have the vehicle checked and winterized as well as regular vehicle maintenance updated by a mechanic. Make sure belts and hoses are checked, blowing a hose or breaking a belt is bad anytime, in winter it can be disastrous.

A mechanicís time can be expensive. There are alternatives. Getting an oil change at a dealership or specialty shop is relatively inexpensive and it usually includes checking of fluids, wiper blades, filters, tire condition and pressure, belts, hoses and battery condition. A relatively mechanically knowledgeable vehicle owner can do many of the aforementioned tasks.

No matter the time of year it is wise to check for tire wear and replace as needed. Keep tires properly inflated, it helps with traction and gas mileage. Tires should be rotated every 6,000 to 9,000 mile. Keep a full tank of gasoline to prevent the gas line from freezing or at least a half a tank with gasoline antifreeze.

Winter travelers can stack the deck further by equipping their vehicles with a survival kit. It may sound mundane or over reacting but having the right tools for survival stowed somewhere in the vehicle can mean the difference between life and death in extreme weather conditions.

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