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Winter car care

Like most things, cars do not always do well when temperatures drop below zero.

For every 10 degrees fahrenheit drop in the temperature your car tyres can lose up to 1 pound of pressure. This is important not to ignore because it can create more wear on your tyres and increase your fuel consumption. Most cars have the desired tyre pressure printed on the driver’s side door or in your owner’s manual, so you can top up the pressures yourself.

Resist the urge to wash your car when it gets really cold. You can end up getting water in places you don’t want it. That water can freeze and no one wants a frozen door handle this time of year.

The most important tip experts say you can do to protect your vehicle is to make sure your coolant or antifreeze is in good condition. If it hasn’t been replaced in a while, it’s a good idea to get this checked as soon possible.  You can also check it yourself with an inexpensive tester from your local car parts shop. It’s important to never try to remove reservoir cap while the engine is hot. The coolant can be very hot and burn you badly.