Car care in severe weather

By Alicia Nieves

January 2, 2014 Updated Jan 2, 2014 at 8:12 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Officials say avoid the road in severe weather, but car experts say that doesn't mean you should avoid your car.

AAA officials and experts at Kost Tires say it is important to check a few things on your car, before severe weather hits.

"At the very least you should check your tires, for tire pressure and tread, and make sure you have good windshield wipers," said Dylan Adams, Service Manager at Kost Tires.

Once those are checked and you think you are ready to get on the road, it is important to prepare to clear your car off.

"“I start the car,ok, and I shovel the driveway. I brush the car off then I go,” said Patrick Ruehlman of Endicott.

Starting your car is in fact a good thing, it not only gets your car toasty before you get in, it also helps the fluids in your car to warm up and perform better.

However, AAA officials warn that starting your car does not charge your battery and that you should have that checked, especially when severe weather hits.

"Any time the weather conditions are extreme, whether it’s hot or cold- the way it’s going to be for the next few days, that’s the time batteries begins to fail,” said Richard Jacobs, president of AAA Southern New York.

But even before you get into your car, its a good idea to make sure you have a few things.

"That’s a snow brush, an ice scraper, a hat a pair of gloves, and watch the weather forecast so you know when you have to use those items,” Jacobs said.

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