Mary Alice Reporting – Weather models are showing a cold snap coming to the Ohio Valley and AAA reminds residents to get their vehicle winter ready.

Preventative steps are important to avoid costly repairs but also to ensure an automobile is ready for the changing seasonal temperature.

According to AAA East Central Community Relations Manager Jim Garrity, owners can inspect their own vehicle especially the coolant level, having adequate anti-freeze washer fluid, as well as, checking the tire pressure.

“Check the PSI. The colder it gets the lower the PSI gets and if you’re not riding on the recommended PSI levels, you could be losing miles per gallon, you could be effecting the tread. You want to keep an eye on that and especially with the fluctuation in temperatures.”

AAA’s number one roadside call is for dead batteries so be sure it’s in good condition to keep the engine running in cold weather.

Another crucial components in the winter is to replace a wiper blade that leaves streaks or misses spots.

“Wiper blades are something you want to check now not later because later you may need them and that’s when you may discover you need new ones. We recommend, go to the store and pick up some winter wiper blades, which are built to withstand ice build up to maximize the amount of coverage they have on the window.”

As part of the AAA winter car care checklist, they also recommend vehicles hosting an emergency road kit that includes items like blankets, extra warm clothing, a bag of abrasive material, such as sand, salt, or cat litter, along with a first-aid kit, jumper cables, and flares or triangle warning devices.

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