Is your car ready for winter driving?

January 18, 2013 12:00 AM

Most drivers know the basics of winter driving, but too many rely solely on others to help them evaluate vehicles. While getting professional opinions and upgrades done to a car is a necessity, constant attention to an automobile's performance is needed throughout the season, and that means drivers should know what to look for when judging their car's day-to-day performance.

Aside from bringing a car to an auto repair franchise for a tune up before the worst of winter hits, there are a few other best practices drivers should be doing to track how well their car is handling the inclement weather.

According to Fox News, drivers should replace their antifreeze at least every two years in order to keep the cooling system in good condition. Oil changes are also a necessity, and it can be especially helpful to have that done before freezing temperatures make it difficult to maneuver under the hood.

Drivers should also check the tread on their tires to be sure they can handle slick surfaces. Use a Lincoln-head penny to ensure the tread lines aren't worn down to unsafe levels - when you place the coin in the tread, part of Lincoln's head should be obscured by the tire.

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