Tips For Keeping Your Car in Top Shape for Winter

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Staying healthy in these cold temperatures is priority number one... but local car experts warn you not to forget about taking extra precautions to keep you car in top shape.

Workers at Graham Tire and Car Repair in Grand Island say they're busier than ever making repairs on cars that could easily be avoided with proper cold weather maintenance.

Always make sure you have enough coolant as it can freeze up in the winter, and get your battery checked regularly.

And one of the most important tips, they say, is to reserve five to ten minutes before driving to let you car warm up.

Failing to do so could cause some costly engine damage, says Service Manager Aaron Galvan.

"The reason why you let a car warm up is to get the lubricants flowing in the vehicle. Typically when the car is warm, oil flows fairly quickly, like baby oil. If you take off when it's sub-zero temperatures, it's like honey. So it can damage the metal parts, the engine transmission, anything like that," Galvan explained.

Experts also say it's important to make sure you have enough air in your tires and to check tire pressure a little more often than you normally would.

And keep an emergency kit in your vehicle at all times containing things like blankets and flashlights in case your car does break down.