LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — News 18's went to Jim's Garage in Lafayette to get some insight on car safety for the coming winter and what they recommend for drivers to prepare for snowy and icy conditions.
Service manager in-training Jay Lewis said keeping a survival kit in your vehicle with blankets and long lasting food items is a good idea in case your car does break down.
But he has some tips to avoid that. Checking your car's cooling system should be top priority to make sure your car has heat in case it does break down. Having a basic tool kit in your car is also a good idea to fix any minor issues.
Radiators can also cause problems. If they develop holes, the driver won't know until the car overheats.
Lewis said to get those checked out along with the battery and alternator.
""Depending on how long [the vehicle has] been driven while [the radiator is] hot, and how often they've driven it while it's hot, you could end up replacing the engine," Lewis said. "Depending on the vehicle, you could look from anywhere between fifteen hundred to five thousand dollars to replace the engine."
Lewis said the tools your car comes equiped with might not be enough to get the job done.
"For something simple like a flat tire I keep a floor jack [in my car]," he told News 18. "I won't use that scissor jack that comes with the car because they're not all that stable, but, just get a small floor jack."
Lewis says a floor jack will typically cost about $50.
Another common issue Lewis sees at the garage are cracked and worn serpentine belts. He said failing to service them regularly can lead to you needing a tow truck.