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5 Steps to Get Your Car Ready for Winter

NEW YORK ( MainStreet) -- Your home isn't the only asset you should be preparing for winter. Car owners also need to get their vehicles ready for winter driving before the season officially changes.

"It's not too late to winterize your car," Phil Reed, senior consumer advice editor for Edmunds.com, tells us. "But, if you haven't done it yet, you should do it now."
Car owners: time to get your cars ready for the salt and snow of another winter.

"You can have a rough winter that's not rough on you as a driver if you just follow some simple steps," says Alex Nunez, automotive senior editor for ConsumerSearch.com. Here's what he and a few other experts suggest owners do to make sure their cars can handle the snow and salt this winter.

1. Treat your tires.
Those who live in very snowy areas or plan on traveling to them during the next few months should seriously consider putting snow tires on their vehicles.

"[Snow tires] don't just have a different tread," Nunez says. "They're actually made from a different compound designed to provide a better grip in cold temperatures and during slippery situations."

Reed agrees that there's a huge advantage to having snow tires, especially if you live in an area that gets a lot of snow, but he understands that at around $100 apiece, many drivers won't be able to make that kind of an investment.

Still, he cautions, anyone who's been meaning to replace their tires should do so before the winter weather has a chance to wreak havoc on the roads. At the very least, car owners should check their tire pressure, which tends to drop in colder weather.

"You need to maintain proper tire pressure, so the tires run as advertised," Nunez says.

According to Brandy Schaffels, senior editor for TrueCar.com, a car's correct tire pressure should be listed on a tag in the driver-side doorjamb. If it's not there, however, owners should look in their car's manual.
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