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Tips for maintaining your vehicle during cold weather

Freezing cold temperatures are not only hazardous to people, but they can also affect your vehicle.

Freezing cold temperatures are not only hazardous to people, but they can also affect your vehicle.

Not checking under the hood could lead to engine failure and damages to your car. Mechanic Rudy Pérez said that drivers shouldn't be overlooking their coolant — especially in cold weather conditions.

“Some people just get [in] the car and start it, and sometimes it's not going to start, they panic [and say] ‘What's going on?’," Pérez said.

Having coolant in your vehicle is not only important to keeping your engine's temperature stable, but it also keeps it from it being damaged.

"Usually if you see clear, that means you have no coolant in there," Pérez said.

Check your battery for corrosion on the bolts. Corrosion will have a blue color.

"Have a squeeze of your hoses [under the hood]. Just to make sure they're OK, but just make sure they're not frozen," Pérez said.

Also, check to see if the vehicle’s oil levels are low.

With lower temperatures, tires could deflate. Make sure that the tire pressure on the vehicle is the same as indicated by the tire's manufacturer.

Drivers are also advised to reduce speed on wet and icy roads and always have jumper cables available.

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