PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Now is the time to prepare, before winter weather wreaks havoc on your car, truck or SUV, said AAA Northeast’s John Paul on Tuesday.
“Winter weather looks like it’s on its way,” said Paul, who is the auto club’s senior manager for public affairs, and is known as the “Car Doctor.” “It’s really all about preventative maintenance.”
He provided several recommendations to ensure your car is prepared for the winter:
Check your battery. Make sure it’s in good shape, especially if it’s more than three years old. Cold weather can affect the battery.
Have your tire pressure checked; either a repair shop can do it for you, or you can do it yourself easily with an inexpensive tire gauge. “In the car, it’s important that the tires are properly inflated both in winter and summer weather,” Paul said.
Check the engine coolant. “The antifreeze needs to be good and clean,” so it can protect the car to well below freezing, Paul added.
Top off your windshield wiper fluid; whether in rain or snow, you’re likely to use plenty this winter.
In the event that you do break down, Paul said it’s a good idea to keep jumper cables and a blanket in your car, as well as a first aid kit, and “some extra warm clothes. In case your car breaks down — you don’t want to be dressed for office or home, you want to be dressed for winter,” Paul said.
And before you set out anywhere — make sure you have at least half a tank of gas.