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How to make sure your car survives the winter

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HORSEHEADS, N.Y. (WENY) -- The colder weather is taking its toll on cars all around the Twin Tiers.

"Today alone we've probably had, I'd say, about eight cars towed in just this morning that needed batteries," said Parmenter Tire, Auto and Truck service shop manager, Michael Doner.

Whether your car won't start, or your tires are low on air, the winter months are not a car's best friend. 

"These winter months do play a toll on your vehicle," said Doner. "Everything runs harder. The colder it is, the harder everything runs."

There are steps every car owner should take to make sure their car makes it through the winter.

One is making sure your car has at least a half a tank of gas if you leave it overnight. 

"Anyone gets moisture in your gas tank," said Doner. "If your gas gets too low, what's going to happen is that moisture is going to freeze in the lines and it could eventually make your line freeze to where the gas isn't going to flow through it. You're going to have to bring it inside the shop, let it warm up so that it'll actually start."

In the morning, you'll want to give yourself some extra time to make sure your car starts and to warm it up.

"I would definitely recommend going out and starting your car at least five minutes before you leave for work to get everything moving," said Doner. "Get the oil circulating through the engine. Make sure everything is good."

Other things you'll want to check are your car battery and tire pressure. 

If your battery is between five to seven years old, you may be at risk of having it die. 

As for your tires, the cold will cause them to lose air so you'll want to make sure they're properly inflated. 

But if you do find yourself stranded, make sure you're prepared.

"I would definitely keep yourself an extra blanket or something in the car if something happens and you do break down," said Doner. "That way when you're on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck you're not sitting there freezing."

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