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5 Ways to Prepare Your Car for This Winter

The 2014-15 winter season is approaching and we have mixed forecast from various weather centers.
AccuWeather recently reported:

Cold air will surge into the Northeast in late November, but the brunt of the season will hold off until January and February. The polar vortex, the culprit responsible for several days of below-zero temperatures last year, will slip down into the region from time to time, delivering blasts of arctic air.
“I think, primarily, we’ll see that happening in mid-January into February but again, it’s not going to be the same type of situation as we saw last year, not as persistent,” Expert Long-Range Forecaster Paul Pastelok said.
“The cold of last season was extreme because it was so persistent. We saw readings that we haven’t seen in a long time: 15- to 20-below-zero readings.”
Snow accumulation is also expected to be higher than usual, with especially heavy hits to Philadelphia and New York City.

Then National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said last week that the upcoming winter looks pretty average in general. He doesn't expect a lot of extreme conditions like last year's cold outbreaks when Arctic air dipped south with the polar vortex.

The winter weather forecast from meteorologists at the Climate Prediction Center is a mixed bag:

the western part of the U.S. should stay warm, while a cooler and wetter-than-average winter is likely across the southern tier of the nation.
To sum it up, the upcoming winter will bring somewhat average to colder than average temperature for the most part of the country.

Here are the top 5 ways you can prepare your car while the temperature is still warm:

1. Check your battery

It's quiet interesting how the battery can just go dead without any warning signs.  It can happens during cold weather even if your car supposed give warning indicator on the dash.  Most auto batteries last anywhere from 3 to 6 years with average being right around 4 years.  Most shops will check the condition of your car battery for free, but always watch out for those less than honest mechanics.

2. Check Windshield Wipers and Fluids

You know what happens when the melting snow mixed with salt and sand hits your windshield.  It won't clear unless you give it plenty of fluids to wash it away with the wipers.

Driving in hazardous conditions is dangerous enough. Doing so without clear visibility through your windshield can be deadly.

The replacement wipers and windshield fluids are quiet cheap if you can do them yourself.  Any reputable shop should be able to take care of both items for around $50.

Check out the best windshield wiper selections at

3. Check your tires

The air pressure in your tire will drop as temperature drops even without a leak.  In fact, the PSI drops by 1 for every 10 degree drop in Fahrenheit in general.  Suppose your tire calls for 35 PSI.  What used to 35 PSI in 90 F will become 29 PSI in 30 F temperature.  Add to that the amount of air loss that naturally occur which could be 2-3 PSI for 5 month period.

According to AAA, 83 percent of drivers do not know how to properly inflate the tire to the correct PSI.

If you want to save a trip to a shop to check your tire pressure every couple of months, try a high quality digital tire gauge like this one:

Also, don't forget to check your tires have proper tread depth left and even wear pattern.

4.  Check all your lights including Headlamps

Having properly working lights all around your car becomes even more important during winter season.  The daylight gets shorter and heavy snow make visibility much worse than rain.

5. Carry emergency and safety items

The chance of being stranded and stuck on a icy or deep snow covered road is real.  What you may need to carry in your car depends on the type of area your drive and whether you will be on a long road trip.

Here is the complete list of items you may want to consider carrying in your car:

5 Ways to Prepare Your Car for This Winter Reviewed by Brandon on 9:28 PM Rating: 5

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