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The relatively warm temperatures in the in the upper Midwest have left many of us wondering if we’re going to see a “real” winter in 2012. While Mother Nature has allowed us to remain in denial, it seems rather unlikely that we will avoid the bitter temperatures or the blankets of snow that mark a typical Midwest winter. And with that cold and snow also comes a myriad of difficulties on the road. The best advice is to plan ahead.

With the delayed onset of winter, not everyone has taken the time to fully winterize their vehicle. And even if you have taken some steps to prepare your vehicle for winter, take the time to read through these suggestions to see if you’ve covered all of your bases.

Have a mechanic check:

  • Battery
  • Antifreeze levels
  • Brakes, hoses and belts
  • All other normal repairs

You should check:

  • Vehicle lights (front, rear and hazard lights)
  • Wiper fluid (check levels and ensure it’s made to handle below freezing temperatures)
  • Your heater and defroster
  • Tires (snow tires are best, but all-season tires will work on urban roads)
  • Wiper blades (consider purchasing winter blades)

This is by no means an exhaustive list, rather it is meant to get you thinking about winter and some things to discuss with your local mechanic to make sure that your car is ready for the cold and slippery conditions (…whenever they decide come).

Think about it.

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