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Making sure your car is ready for winter weather

Checking battery, tires and windshield wipers
Posted at 8:10 AM, Oct 22, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS — For many Hoosiers, we didn't use our cars as much as we normally do this year and that could also mean we slacked off on preventative maintenance.

According to AAA, 77% of repair shops estimate customers who forgot or ignored recommended maintenance could save an average of $100 per visit if they properly maintained their vehicles.

We spoke with Matt Foy at Jiffy Lube and he said it's important that you get your battery tested, a service they and other auto shops usually offer for free.

He said you'll also want to check your tire pressure and your tire tread. He said don't follow the PSI level on your tire, instead follow the psi recommendation that is listed inside your driver car door.

He explained an easy way to check the tread in your tire is to take a penny and if you can see the top of Lincoln's head, your tread is too low and its time to get new tires.

Lastly, nobody likes a streaky windshield and when sleet or snow starts to fall you want to make sure you are have good wipers.

Your wipers should never cause streaking, squeaking or chattering. If they do it's time to get new blades.

For more preventative maintenance tips,click here.