Winterize your car before the bad weather hits
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- With bitter cold temperatures forecast for this week, it is important to make sure your car is ready for the winter weather.
"I always check all of my fluids make sure everything is up to date and current," said driver Justin Jackson.
One of the most important fluids in your car is antifreeze.
"We like to make sure one the antifreeze is topped off and then also that it's tested to the right temperature," said Steve Waroblewski of Zolman's Tire and Auto Care.
If you don't have it, you could have some problems.
"Your defrost isn't going to work as well and also you're going to be a little cold," said Waroblewski.
You also should switch out your windshield wipers.
Many people don't realize that there's a special blade especially made to handle icy conditions.
"Wiper blades and vision are very vital. Especially driving at night in white-out conditions," said Waroblewski.
You'll also want to check your tire pressure and the tread on your tires to make sure they aren't too worn.
Double check your headlights and brake lights for any issues.
"Tire pressure, fluids, tread on the tires and good wipers and good bulbs are very key to getting through the winter season," said Waroblewski.
"I always like to rotate or change my tires and make sure that my lights and everything work because you don't want to have an accident just because your brake light is out and someone is sliding," said Jackson.
There are a few things Waroblewski suggests you keep in your car for an emergency.
"A snow shovel is a good thing to have in case you get stuck and need to dig yourself out. A bottle of water in case you're there for a long time before a tow truck can get there. A blanket in case you get stranded and it's cold and obviously your phone if you have one," said Waroblewski.
Tire specialists say snow tires are a good idea, but if they're not in your budget a sturdy, all purpose tire should be fine.