Brrrrrr….even your car knows that it is cold outside!

Cars, like people, don’t function as well in cold weather. Your car doesn’t like it anymore than you. Because most people can’t hibernate all winter, I have compiled a list of precautions to increase the odds of your car functioning in extreme or unseasonable cold.

1. Before a big freeze it’s best to check your antifreeze. If you don’t know how to check it, run your car to a mechanic or an auto parts store and they’ll check it for you. A locked up engine will cost more than most anything else on your vehicle to repair.

2. If your engine is slow to crank on a cold morning it’s most likely because of a poor or failing battery. Cold weather is a tell-tale sign of your battery going bad.

3. For safety be sure to check you tire pressure before a long commute on a cold morning. Cold air compresses inside a tire and the pressure can drop significantly (many times you will see a low tire pressure light come on in the car on a cold morning). This can lead to a blowout. Make sure your tire is inflated to proper levels.

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