LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Temperatures are starting to drop below freezing at night and it's only a matter of time before the bitter temperatures stay in the forecast daily. Snow, sleet, and ice all come with Indiana winters and now is the time to inspect your vehicle to withstand the weather.
Robinson's Tire Manager, John Robinson Jr., said the top three things to check are a car’s tires, windshield wipers, and the antifreeze.
"Tires will give you traction and get you going. Traction is also considered acceleration and braking. Windshield wipers, like I said, everyone forgets windshield wipers and you don't want to obstruct your vision. (You also need to check) antifreeze (because) you need to heat in that car, “said Robinson.
Robinson said the winter can be harmful on a vehicle and an inspection can help prevent accidents.
He also said warming up a car is important because it helps warm up the fluids and engine after sitting in below freezing temperatures all night.
"Five or ten minutes are good. It gets fluids moving around. It will get you a little bit of heat in the car. Obvious you can go longer. I've seen some people take 20 minutes to a half hour. Half hour is a little extreme, “said Robinson.
Robinson said he also tells his customers to prepare for the worst and to have the necessary supplies if you're stranded on the road.
According to FEMA, extra blankets, gloves, a first-aid kit and a flashlight are just a few things that you should have in your car this winter.
"We always suggest keeping an extra jacket in the car, blankets. If you have kids, keep non-perishable snacks, in case you do get stranded, you don't want to be cold with hungry kids," said Robinson.
Robinson said a typical winter inspection also includes checking the car's battery and anti-lock brakes.
He said it helps insure a person's safety.
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