AAA wants to make sure that you and your vehicle are prepared for the winter.
Driving in the winter means snow, sleet and ice, and that can lead to slower traffic, hazardous road conditions, hot tempers and unforeseen dangers. To help you make it safely through the winter, AAA Mid Atlantic is offering a few tips to make sure that you and your vehicle are prepared.
"You want to make sure that your anti-freeze and your coolant is up to standard. It needs the components to protect you from the freezing weather," said Chris Storms, District Manager, Car Care Center. "You can come to AAA and get a 40-point inspection, free of charge, and we will check everything that needs to be checked," continued Storms.
The oil in your engine changes depending on how hot or cold the engine is running. Because the outside temperatures will influence the internal temperature of your engine, you need to make sure you're using the proper oil for the conditions. "Every oil change you do is 3 to 5 thousand miles so that's a good time come in and get a free 40 point check," he said.
Your battery capacity is reduced by the cold weather, too. A thorough inspection of your battery, cables, terminals, and fluid will help you make sure your car is ready for the winter. "If you don't already have an emergency kit in your car, consider putting together a few basics and stowing them in the trunk."