CUMBERLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — With winter on the way, it's time to get your car ready for winter. Cam Riddle of Revolutionary Gas and Tire Company in Cumberland says to remember the "Three W's."
Winter tires, wiper blades and wiper fluid are essential to safe driving this winter.
Riddle recommends a snow tire over an all-season tire if you plan to do much driving in the snow. "An all-season tire is like a tennis shoe," he told NEWS CENTER. "It's kind of good all the time, but it's not a running shoe and it's not a snow boot. For extreme driving, like we have up here in Maine, you really want a snow tire. Just like you wear your winter boots, you really should put snow tires on your car."
Riddle also said drivers should make sure they have a winter wiper fluid that is good for 25 to 30 degrees below freezing. Summer fluids can freeze and cause containers and lines to crack.
Winter wiper blades are covered with a rubber sleeve to prevent ice and slush from plugging up the joints. This prevents the blade from skipping across the windshield.
Rick Harmon at Harmon Automotive notes that radiators are a concern. However, he points out that most modern cars have sealed systems under vacuum pressure. If your car is less than 10-years-old, you probably don't have to worry about it. If you do have concern, take it to a mechanic who will test the system and add fluid as necessary at a nominal price.