Amid oil changes, tire repairs and any other things he filled his day with last Wednesday at the shop, Brett Rhoads, mechanic at Sickles Trucking and Repair in Greenfield, said the proper time to make sure cars are winterized is now, before the snow flies.
The first item Rhoads suggests checking is antifreeze, making sure what is in your vehicle is the correct concentration so your car isn' t suceptible to freezing up.
"They can freeze up driving down the road even if they're not frozen in the driveway," Rhoads said. "Your windchill gets colder when you're moving. You want [your antifreeze to be able to withstand] negative 35 degrees on that."
In addition to antifreeze, Rhoads suggests checking all fluids prior to winter, especially windshield wiper fluid. A check of hoses is also important to make sure they're not clogged and won't blow.
As for tires, Rhoads said checking tread before it snows can ensure a safer, more reliable maneuverability because of the grip good tread provides.
"It's always good to get a better tread before it gets slick and it snows. A lot of people think they have good tread, but there is what you call wear bars in it. They go between your treads," Rhoads explained. "If you're down there where the wear bars are the same height as your tread you're needing new tires.
"Basically you just want to give it a good look over," Rhoads added. "It's things that are OK under normal conditions but [get worse] when winter's harsh [that will get you]."