Quincy, IL (WGEM)-- With our first chance of snow and a wintery mix comes a reminder to get your car ready for winter. And mechanics say it starts from the ground up, with your tires.
A way to check your tires tread...place a Lincoln penny head-down in the groove. If you can see the top of Lincoln's head, your tire probably needs to be replaced. Also, check your car battery. If it's older than 5 years, you probably need to get a new one.
But do we really need to let our cars warm up in the winter?
"Well one of the biggest myths there is to actually have your vehicle starting to get warmed up before you actually take off. You don't actually need to do that. It only takes about 30 seconds to 45 seconds to actually get your car up to running temperature," said DJ Peters, the president of Niehaus Auto.
Peters says every winter with the first snow he sees a lot of people in the ditch because they weren't prepared.
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