How to prepare your vehicle for winter

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Krystal Wright scrapes ice from her car's windshield Friday, Nov. 27, 2015 in Wichita, Kan. Brian Corn/The Wichita Eagle via AP)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — With newer technology in today’s cars, drivers do not need to follow the steps they use to take when preparing their vehicles for winter travel. That being said, there are still steps drivers should take to keep their vehicles in the best state possible.

Here are ways to winterize your vehicle:

  • Prepare your battery. At 0 degrees, sources say your vehicle’s battery has about half the power it has at 75 degrees. Newer technology and electrical systems in cars make the battery even more important. Computerized testing equipment can show you whether or not you can charge the battery, or if it needs replacement.
  • Install winter wiper blades. These kinds of windshield wipers will help get rid of ice buildup. They are designed so that the metal part of the blades are not exposed to winter elements.
  • Change current windshield washer fluid to fluid with a lower freezing temperature. Fluid that’s not made for winter use can prevent you from cleaning salt and grime off of your windshield.
  • Check/change your tires. Cold outside temperatures cause the air in your tires to shrink, so make sure to check your tire pressure. In addition to that, make sure you have snow tires on your car that have better traction in icy, snowy conditions.

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