The time is now to start winterizing your car

By: Amy Lipman Email
By: Amy Lipman Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) Leaves may still be on the trees, but winter is fast approaching bringing with it snow and ice that can cause problems for people on the go.

Mechanics said winterizing cars now before the first flake of snow even falls saves time and stress later.

"We always recommend being proactive rather than reactive," said Jeff Reuwsaat, of Firestone Complete Auto Care.

The car winterization process involves switching to snow or all-season tires and making sure tire pressure is where it is supposed to be as cold weather can cause air to leak.

"It's a bit of peace of mind," said Ellen Stapenhorst, who puts snow tires on her Subaru every winter. "I don't like the extra stress of worrying that I'm not going to be able to make it up a hill."

Also, mechanics recommend adding some emergency supplies into the car like blankets, a first aid kit, food, water and even some kitty litter to absorb snow and ice in the instance that you get stuck in the elements.

"If you do get stranded, you want to have the warmth," Reuwsatt said.

Being extra cautious and slowing down when the roads are slick is another way to avoid winter's possible driving dangers, he said.

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