With snow and ice storms taking many parts of the country by surprise, precautions are being doled out by government officials and families alike. It is common knowledge to protect people in wintery conditions, but what many don't realize is that our cars need proper care as well. Here are six tips to keep your vehicle running smoothly in the cold, inclement weather:   
 
1.      Store your car properly: A garage is obviously the best place to store a vehicle since it keeps it safe from all weather, however not all of us have access to one. Other options for storage are carports, covers or tarps, and even parking away from high traffic areas, i.e. on the side of busy streets, near a lot of trees, etc. 

 2.      Care for the battery: In below freezing conditions, a car battery can actually freeze! Be sure to run your car for a little bit each day, and check to make sure cables aren't loose and there is no corrosion. Request the help of a professional if you're unsure how to do these things! 

 3.      Upgrade up your tires: Snow tires are the best line of defense against snow, sleet and ice, but if they're too costly, just make sure yours have good tread and keep them properly inflated. 

 4.      Mix water and oil: DMV.org suggests the cold weather oil to water ratio is 60% coolant to 40% water. Switching to thinner oil in the winter helps maintain this ratio. 

 5.      Show your windshield some love: Messy winter roads throw everything from sleet to salt and chemicals from road treatments back at our windshields, so be ready with new wiper blades and a full reservoir of de-icer washer fluid. 

 6.      Shed a little light: Make sure both head and brake lights are clean and in working order.  Low visibility is a problem during winter storms, and with less daylight to drive in, taking proper precautions is a must this time of the year.

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