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How To Winterize Your Car

Watch more How to Drive Safely videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Get your car ready for winter with these easy steps. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Get checked Hit the service station for an oil change and a tune-up. Ask them to flush the cooling system and replace the antifreeze, service the battery, check the lights, heater and defroster, brakes, belts and hoses, and the tires. Your tires may run lower than usual in winter, so have them checked periodically. Tip Consider investing in snow tires, which are better on slick surfaces than all-season tires. Step 2: Pack a kit Pack a winter survival kit, including a blanket, small snow shovel, ice scraper, flashlight, safety flares, boots and gloves, energy bars, and water. Step 3: Get cat litter and jumper cables If you have rear-wheel drive, keep a bag of cat litter in the trunk: the weight will help with traction, and if you get stuck in snow you can spread the litter around the stuck tires for added traction. Keep them in your trunk because batteries can conk out in the cold. Step 4: Check your spare Make sure you have a good spare tire in the car as well as all the equipment to change it -- or that you keep your cell phone charged so someone can come help you. Tip Consider investing in a car charger if you don't already have one. Step 5: Get winter wipers Get winter wiper blades. They cost about $10, and they're well worth it: The rubber or plastic covering over the wipers keeps them flexible and prevents them from freezing. Step 6: Add windshield fluid Add winter-grade solvent windshield washer fluid, which will not freeze unless you're in extreme conditions. Not only does a frozen washer tank mean you can't wipe away snow or rain, it can also damage the pumping system, requiring a costly trip to the repair shop. Tip Keep your gas tank as full as possible during the winter months so the gas line doesn't freeze. Step 7: De-ice your locks Auto parts stores sell glycerin for de-icing your locks. Squirt it into the exterior locks to prevent them from freezing. And be sure to keep your de-icer outside your car; it doesn't do much good if it's inside and you can't get in! Did You Know? Did you know? You don't need to idle your car on cold winter days; with modern engines, the best way to warm it up is to simply drive it!
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