Winterizing your vehicle

October 18, 2011 12:00 AM

Winter is coming, and while some people may be looking forward to snow and cold weather, not everything about the season is fun and games. Drivers need to take extra caution when roads are icy and snow-covered and should prepare their vehicles before fall is over.

Tire replacement may not be necessary for every driver, but those who live in areas that receive a great deal of snow may want to consider getting snow tires for the winter. The Department of Motor Vehicles recommends replacing all four tires as having snow and summer tires on a vehicle at the same time can cause other problems.

It is also important for drivers to take the time to check their oil and coolant levels. If coolant levels are low, drivers may need to take their vehicles to get cooling system service to ensure that the engine will not overheat. An oil change should also be in order before the snow begins to fall. A less-viscous oil is better for colder temperatures, according to the DMV.

It can also be a good idea to invest in an emergency kit for the car, just in case it breaks down and the occupants are required to wait for assistance. The DMV suggests keeping emergency blankets, flashlights, engine oil and coolant in a vehicle for emergency situations.

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