Northwest NEWS

December 11, 2000

Business

Preparing your car for winter travel

Planning ahead may help keep you and your car from getting stuck on the cold shoulder this winter.
   Most importantly, have the car serviced as often as the manufacturer recommends. In addition:
   * Have the radiator system serviced, and check the anti-freeze level. Add antifreeze if needed.
   * Replace windshield wiper fluid with a wintertime mixture.
   * Check the air pressure in your tires. Replace worn tires.
   During the winter, it's a good to keep the gas tank near full to help avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.
   To further help your car survive the winter, experts recommend keeping the following items in the glove compartment and trunk: blankets; first aid kit; a can and waterproof matches (to melt snow for water); windshield scraper; road maps; compass; tool kit; paper towels; bag of sand or cat litter (to pour on ice or snow for added traction); tire chains (in areas with heavy snow); collapsible shovel; high-calorie canned or dried foods and a can opener; canned compressed air with sealant (for emergency tire repair); brightly colored cloth; a reliable flashlight.