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Is your car ready for winter? Tips to better prepare for extreme cold and snow on the roads

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Cold weather is coming, and that means a wintery mix of snow, sleet and ice on the roads.

Moore Tires Inc. wants to make sure your car is ready to handle those road conditions. The right maintenance on your vehicle along with preparation can be a lifesaver in harsh conditions!

áKeep up on routine maintenance.

Take care of any fluids that may have been neglected over the summer and schedule a tune-up if it’s due.

If your windshield wipers are showing cracks or chips or damage to the rubber, it’s time to replace the blades. It’s important to also fill the washer fluid reservoir with freeze resistant wiper fluid at this time of year.

Inspect your tires.

Make sure your tires are in good shape, with plenty of tread depth. Have your tires rotated and the air pressure checked when the tires are still cold. Air expands when it’s hot, which means they will lose a couple pounds of air pressure when the temperatures are really cold.

You also improve your gas mileage and your vehicle will handle and stop better when you maintain the recommended tire pressure.

Flush your coolant system.

If you can’t remember the last time your coolant was changed, Moore Tires recommends having an experienced technician test its condition. Coolant is a 50/50 mixture of antifreeze and distilled water and prevents freeze-ups in winter.

Extreme temperatures and harsh conditions can knock out your coolant system if it’s not functioning properly at the start of the season.

Pack extra supplies for the trip.

Being stranded on the side of the road is especially dangerous in extreme cold or snowy conditions. Stocking your car with a few essentials can ensure you are prepared for any situation this winter.

Recommended items include a blanket, jumper cables, flashlight, first-aid kit, a versatile shovel, an ice scraper and a portable battery.

You can’t do much about the weather, but you can improve your chances of getting to your destination safely in any type of winter condition!

Moore Tires, 2411 E Rock Falls Road, Rock Falls, IL 61071, 815-625-1800, www.mooretires.com