Car Winterization Tips

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(KNSI) - October is National Car Care Month and colder weather is just around the corner. So, how can you keep your car from stalling out on the side of the road or not even starting on those chilly Minnesota mornings?

Chad from Granite City Tire and Auto shares his top tip to keep your vehicle running in tip top shape:

"We see more engine failures in the winter time than we do in the summertime, and it's almost always due to either dirty oil, or lack thereof. There isn't a fluid on your vehicle that's not important, so checking all your fluid levels would be a good idea."

Chad also says drivers often overlook a very important piece of equipment on their vehicles. Wiper blades are often not thought of until you need them. "Usually about the time we get the first flurry, or even all this rain we've been dealing with you think, 'oh yeah. I forgot to put those on!'"

Experts say wiper blades can wear out as quickly as three months, but you should go no more than 12 months in between blade replacements. If your blades are streaking, smearing or clicking, it's time for new ones.

He also says a good battery, and getting winter or snow tires on your vehicle can do wonders when it comes to having a smooth winter driving season.