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Is Your Vehicle Ready for Winter Weather?

Posted: Updated: - Making sure vehicles are ready for winter driving can help many avoid a bad situation. If a car breaks down in a winter storm it can be dangerous, and even fatal.

The number one thing people can do is get their vehicle's checked out Better late than never, is how I like to look at it.

At USA Brake and Auto Repair employees offer winter inspections for free. They will check a car's battery to see if it is running strong.

For gas-powered vehicles it actually takes more power to start a car when it is cold out. Also, it is important for a car's cooling system is working properly.

"The car damage is actually the engine if you don't do your antifreeze change. If your antifreeze isn't strong to go enough below the zero, it can make damage in your engine, definitely," said Mirko Micic, the Owner of USA Brake and Auto Repair.

Not only will car problems cost a pretty penny, it could cost you your life.

Police suggest stocking vehicles with things like food and water, blankets, and a first aid kit in case you are stuck for some time in the cold.

Jumper cables, a flashlight, and some kind of warning device like flares and markers are also useful.

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