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Maintaining your car during the winter season

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With the colder weather outside you want to be prepared in advance so you don't get stuck on the side of the road, especially during the holidays. In this edition of Car Coach, YNN's Lauren Fix shares some important tips to keep you car in great shape.

The weather is getting colder outside and soon we will be taking to the roadways for the holidays, but don’t get iced by winter.

Cold weather could make any cars current problems much worse and leave you on the side of the road. Here's how to avoid the land of the freeze.

First thing is, find a ASE certified techinician to check out your vehicle and that includes the cooling system. Because if you don't take care of that, your engine could actually freeze.

Change the oil with a quality brand name oil and filter. I prefer full synthetic premium oil and a synthetic filter. Something that's designed for high mileage vehicles because many people are keeping their vehicles more than 75,000 miles.

Make sure the battery and charging systems are in good condition so they can provide maximum starting power in the worst conditions and have your favorite ASE mechanic test the system.

Have the belts, hoses, wiper blades and all the rubber components checked because those could leave you on the side of the road.

As far as tires and ice, we live in New York State. All season radials are great if you live in the mid section of the country. In New York State heavy snow and ice means we need to purchase winter tires. Look for an untimate performance tire that's good in both the dry, wet, ice and in snow. It's an investment that will pay back.

Don't forget to check your tire pressure once a month. For every ten degrees of outside temperature change you can lose one to two pound of pressure that can affect your performance, your braking, your handling, and your fuel economy.

Add to your emergency kit that you should have in your vehicle at all times a snow brush and a good ice scrapper, as well as some hand and feet warmers. If you get stuck on the side of the road you will be glad you have them. The secret to a safe winter drive is to see and be seen.

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