6 ways to prevent any car troubles during the winter

December 15, 2010 12:00 AM

With the 2010 Farmer's Almanac predicting a colder-than-normal winter headed for three-quarters of the United States, there are some important car checks drivers should consider, according to the Car Care Council.

In fact, there are six main components you can have checked out to make sure your car runs smoothly during the freezing cold weather.

Firstly, check the battery connections - they should be "clean, tight and corrosion-free," says the council. If they're more than three years old, it might be a good idea to replace them.

Make sure your coolant container if filled with antifreeze so your car can stay temperate. Have it flushed out and refilled if it's been over two years since it was last checked. Get an oil change while you're at it, too.

Brakes can be the difference between a momentary skid and a full-on collision, so consider a system check-up before heading out in icy conditions.

Tires are another important factor to consider, and those dealing with especially terrible weather may want to consider purchasing winter tires. Many are designed to deal with slippery roads that can be a real pain during the winter.

Lastly, replace your wiper blades. Your windshield and eyes will thank you later when the snow starts falling and you forgot to check the weather that day.

These six checks will help you have a safe and happy winter on the road.

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