How to prepare your car for the winter

As temperatures drop, your vehicle is more at risk. Jiffy Lube's district manager explains how you can winterize your car without getting it professionally serviced.

Posted: Nov 23, 2018 8:00 PM
Updated: Nov 23, 2018 10:08 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — As temperatures drop, your vehicle is more at risk. That's why Charles Mahlke took his car into the shop for a winter time service checkup.

"Simply because I don't want to end up stranded anywhere," said Mahlke. "Especially since it's getting cold this early."

But he doesn't have to leave it all up to the pros this time of year.

"There's certainly some checks you can do on your own," said Jiffy Lube District Manager Matt Foy. "As cold weather approaches, tire pressure tends to drop. For every 10 degrees of air temperature that it drops, your tire pressure can drop one PSI."

Typically, you can find your tires' suggested PSI on the driver side door. Every car is different so you should address your manual for any questions.

Foy also offers classes on some of the basic car checks, most are geared more toward women.

"Our customer base is growing more female than male so we just kind of wanted to help out in that way," said Foy. 

He said checking and filling your washer fluid is simple and so important in the winter.

"Just driving with snow and sleet on the roads a lot of times you are going to need more washer fluid than normal," said Foy. 

Mahlke suggests packing your car with a winter emergency kit.

"I do keep some hand warmers, I keep an emergency blanket, I keep some flares, definitely some flashlights," said Mahlke. 

In case you can't get help, knowing how to change a tire could be a life-saver. Foy taught News 18's Kayla Sullivan in just about ten minutes.Mahlke thinks he knows how to change a tire.

"I don't know if I would be able to do it myself though," said Mahlke. "Or have all of the proper stuff to do it."

He's going to check to make sure because the last thing Mahlke wants is to be stuck out in the cold.

"It can get to you very quick, especially if you don't have heat and you want to be prepared for that," said Mahlke. 

Foy hopes people take matters into their own hands but still follow their car's suggested professional service schedule.

You can find that information in your owner's manual.

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