BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Cold temperatures are in the forecast this week, and northern New England may even get some snowfall.
John Dalton, owner of the auto repair shop Dalton’s Gulf Service in Malden, gave WBZ NewsRadio his recommendations on getting your car ready for the cold New England winter.
1. Make sure your car battery is in good shape
Your car battery "becomes less effective as the temperature goes down," Dalton said.
2. Use an oil with an lighter viscosity
Dalton said that using a an oil with "a lighter viscosity may help the engine start up quicker."
3. Make sure your tires are ready to roll or put on snow tires
According to Dalton, "your tires will decrease in pressure as the temperature goes down. You can actually break the seal of your tires."
4. Make sure your coolant is "up to snuff"
Dalton says you'll want to "check your anti-freeze." This can help make sure your engine doesn't freeze in the winter.
5. Put blankets and snacks in your car
If you get stuck on the highway or away from help, you may get cold or hungry. "During the Blizzard of '78, people literally left their cars on 128 for days... they were stranded for hours. Hours can determine life or death," Dalton said.
WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports