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October 12, 2013

Time to winterize is now

There seems to be a chill in the air lately, reminding us all that winter is on its way. Whether this is your first time upstate for the winter, or you are a seasoned veteran, there are a number of hints and tips to keep in mind as you prepare to winterize this year.

Even though the last thing you may want to do during the winter months is travel, we all have to. That means making sure our cars are ready to take on those treacherous winter roads. A good set of snow tires is essential for this.

Greg Talbot, service manager at Certified Auto Outlet in Oneonta, said that it is important to make sure that you have the correct size tires on your vehicle, as well as ones that have a good flood and snow rating.

“As simple as it may seem, look for key seasonal words like ‘Weather’ in the name of the tire, such as ‘Weather-Master.’ This indicates a tire with a good winter rating,” Talbot said. Putting chains on tires is really only necessary if you live high up on a hill.

Correct tire pressure, which differs for every vehicle, is another aspect of tires that should be inspected before winter.

“Most people don’t realize,” Talbot said, “but inside every vehicle in the door jamb, there should be a little tag that tells you what your tire pressure should be.”

Another winter tip that the general public may not be aware of is that there are different kinds of cleaning fluids for your windshield wipers. Talbot advised that there is truly a difference in the formula for solvents that are made for summer and those made for winter. Having a winter formula for your cleaning solvent is a helpful trick to keep fluid from freezing on your windshield. It is also important to make sure that your vehicle’s wiper blades are in good condition, and to check the antifreeze concentration.

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