For many of us, our vehicles are one of our biggest investments. They're a lifeline getting us to and from our jobs and our loved ones. With Abilene already getting a hit of the colder weather, the last thing you want is for something to go wrong with your ride. Protect yourself and your family by getting your car up and running for winter.

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The tire company Bridgestone has the right idea. They've listed out several tips for getting your vehicle ready for any rough months ahead. Abilene has not seen its coldest weather yet this year. But the season is approaching. See how many of these you have covered.


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Install Winter Wipers

These will save you time and money in the long run. These wipers are developed with rubber that keeps ice from sticking to your blades. These are heavier wipers that should only be used in the winter. Having them on year-round could cause excessive wear on your wiper motor.

Pack a Winter Safety Kit

The temperatures in Abilene may be somewhat mild now, but they won't be soon. Don't get caught in a bad spot. Prepare your vehicle with the following:

  • Matches
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flares
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Ice Scraper
  • Water
  • Coats
  • Blankets
  • Jumper Cables
  • Cell Phone Charger
  • Car Tool Kit
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Have Your Car Serviced for the Winter

Before any harsh winter conditions hit, have your car checked out by a technician. Call special attention to the below:

  • Battery - it takes more power to start a vehicle in the winter. Make sure you're good to go.
  • Cooling System - make sure your antifreeze level is where it needs to be.
  • Brakes - make sure your brakes are working at top level during the cold months.
  • Belts, hoses, spark plugs, etc. - any of these can go bad at any time. It's best to give everything a glance before it gets too cold.

Monitor Your Tire Pressure

The pros say that even a 10-degree change in temperature can cause a loss or gain in your tire's PSI. The correct pressure for your tires should be located on the placard inside the driver's side door or in the manual for your vehicle.

Refill Your Washer Fluid

You'd be surprised how much windshield wiper fluid you'll go through. Then when you really need it, it's empty. Make sure you fill up before heading out. Don't forget to use fluid for low temperatures.

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Check Your Rear Window Defroster

Not being able to see behind you while driving can get dangerous quickly. Especially when the Abilene roads get slick. Give your defroster a quick check to make sure it's working properly.

Keep Your Gas Tank at Least Half Full

This is important for a couple of reasons. A full tank can help with fuel line freeze-ups. Plus, if you're ever stranded, a running car could be the only thing keeping you warm.

As the weather continues to turn colder and you're possibly traveling for the holidays, use the above tips to protect yourself, your family, and your vehicle. Having the knowledge and being prepared can assure safety, keeping your holidays bright.

It doesn't matter what kind of ride you drive, the crooks are out there and they're looking for an easy target this winter. Be in the know. Look below to see if you own one of the most stolen vehicles in Texas.

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