Tuesday, November 23, 2010

If you opt to drive this holiday

Cary Lockwood writes about getting your car ready for a holiday jaunt.

You may want to drive in lieu of being fondled and stripped at the airport.

The average age of cars is 10 years now. They need upkeep.

First get your tires inspected. Some manufacturers say seven-year-old tires should be replaced, even if they seem OK.

Get your cooling system checked. Make sure it will hold up down to minus 32 degrees F.

The washer fluid should also be good down to minus 32 degrees F. Be sure the squirters work.

Get your battery checked. There are tests they can run. Don’t assume they did, although this is often done during an oil change.

Keep emergency items in the trunk. Check the website, www.yourautonetwork.com.

Bring food. Blankets. You don’t want to be stuck in a snowbank without anything to protect you.

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