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Car Tips For The Cold

Make sure your car is ready for winter with these tips from a professional.

With winter rapidly approaching, it is wise to make sure your car is ready for the harsh winter weather. The automotive program at NCC has been around for over 35 years, and in the last 19 years 100% of automotive majors are employed after graduation. Working for 25 years as the director of the automotive department, Warren Farnell offers some tips on what students can do to protect their cars this upcoming season.

What should you do to get your car ready for the cold?

  • Check your antifreeze – mix it with half antifreeze and half water
  • Never add water to the radiator.
  • Keep your gas at least at half full- this will help prevent the full line from freezing
  • Check your windshield washer solvent – so it doesn’t freeze
  • Check the tread of your tires regularly
  • Get your car battery tested!
  • Idle your car in extreme cold for one to two minutes

Tips for driving in the snow

  • Drive SLOW- This one goes without saying
  • Four-wheel drive gives you better traction, but does not have any better steering control than two-wheel drive.
  • Keep your distance from other cars in case of sliding.
  • Have an emergency kit – you find these in stores or  you can make your own. Make sure they include flares, blankets, gloves, a shovel and a first aid kit.

Farnell also recommends students and faculty “drive sensibly” in the snow.