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Local experts say now is the time to winterize your car

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Winter has a way of sneaking up on us, but local car expects are urging you to get a step ahead.

Now is the time to get your car geared up for snow, as we head into the winter season. If you take precautions now you could save time and money later on.

Glenn Predmore, the owner of State Street Lube and Maintenance in Quincy, said there are several things to check on your car. He said you should check your battery, lights, the air in your tires, and the antifreeze.

But Predmore said there is also a tool you'll need, that can save you a lot of time.

"Want to make sure you have that snow scarper in there. You don't want to be out there with a credit card or an old piece of board or something, trying to scrape that window. It doesn't hurt to let that car warm up for a couple minutes in the morning too," said Predmore.

Predmore said when it comes to driving in the snow, your windshield wipers need to be in tip top shape. So it's important to recognize the signs that they need to be replaced.

"Well if they're streaking or if they're torn or missing. A lot of times when they come in they're just completely missing. But if the rubber part starts to tear or they're not clearing your window good, it's time to replace them," said Predmore.

Predmore also said it's a good idea to have a safety kit in your car. It should include blankets, a shovel, water, food, and something like kitty litter for traction.

Another way to be ready for winter weather is to sign up for WGEM's text alerts. You can customize it to get your child's school closing as well as winter weather alerts.

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