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Cold commute? Tips to keep your car travel-ready


AUSTINTOWN TOWNSHIP, Ohio- It's during commutes that the majority of drivers experience the wrath of winter weather.

Experts say you should prepare your vehicle for the cold before you hit the gas.

Like it or not, your vehicle may need five to 10 minutes before you jolt to your next destination.

"It's kind of like jumping out of bed and hitting the ground first thing in the morning, you don't really want to do that. You want to kind of ease into it, especially when it's this cold," said Jeff Bacho, Operations Manager at Fred Martin Ford in Austintown.

As for heating up the inside of a vehicle, that could take longer than normal.

"However, in the event that does happen, there is a temporary fix. You can put some cardboard to restrict the air over the radiator," Bacho said.

Taking it easy on your car could extend the life of the vehicle.

Bacho also has these tips for making your car travel-ready when it's chilly:

  • Test your car battery
  • Check anti-freeze levels
  • Check tire pressure
  • Keep up with car maintenance, including oil changes and car inspections.

Arming your set of wheels with what it needs is the best defense against temperatures that can stall your trip if you don't.

For extra advice, check out AAA's How to Go on Ice and Snow online guide.

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