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Dec 2, 2014 4:54 PM

Get your car ready for winter


CONCORD - The holiday storm may be over but winter is just starting.

As the temperatures drop and the snow flies, we know the road conditions can change rapidly.

We saw it just a few days ago during that nasty November Nor'Easter.

So when winter hits, of course, your vehicle suffers, too. So winter preparation for your car starts with tires.

As it gets colder, experts say it's best to change to winter tires. They provide increased traction, braking and handling. And when you have them you're better prepared for changing road conditions.

Now did you know that cold temperatures decrease the elasticity of the rubber compound in tires? And that that contributes to a reduction in traction.

Winter tires are designed to remain flexible in the winter months.

Meantime, regular maintenance really is key to keeping your car moving.

Check the tire pressure. Experts say it's a good idea to do that monthly but it's especially important in winter weather.

For every 10 degrees the temperatures drop, your tires can lose about 1 pound per square inch of pressure.

And as always during inclement weather, visibility is often less than perfect. So turn on those headlights. And as a rule of thumb, wipers on and lights on.

Meantime, experts recommend you keep an emergency kit in your vehicle, Inside, hand and feet warmers, a blanket, flares, and kitty litter for traction just in case you get stuck.

It's also a good idea to keep some snacks, as well.


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