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Y O U R T I M E T O P R E PA R E Winter will be here before we know it. October is nationally recognized as Fall Car Care Month by the non-profit Car Care Council, which provides consumer education promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair. Make sure you and your vehicles are ready for wet pavement and even snow and icy driving conditions,” said AAA Oregon/Idaho Public Affairs Director Marie Dodds. “Prepare your vehicles for colder temperatures and hazardous road conditions, and take it easy behind the wheel.” Getting your vehicle ready for winter while temperatures are still mild is a proactive approach to preventive maintenance that helps ensure safety, reliability and fewer unexpected repairs when severe winter weather strikes. The Car Care Council’s free online guide at www. carcare.org includes information on service interval schedules, questions to ask your technician and how to increase your vehicle’s fuel economy to save money on gas. Whenever Mother Nature brings freezing temperatures and precipitation, the number of calls

for roadside assistance can spike. The most common problems in cold weather are dead batteries, frozen locks and vehicle extrications. “During a snow event, we can easily receive two to three times the normal number of calls,” adds Dodds. Before heading out, visit TripCheck. com (or call 511) for the latest road conditions and incident information, especially if you are driving over mountain passes. “Every winter in Southern Oregon, we read or hear about a terrible situation that might have been preventable had folks been better prepared,” said Larry Nicholson, State Farm Agent. “Even on a relatively short trip, you can find yourself stranded for several hours.” Steve Fox, Director of Automotive Services for AAA Oregon/Idaho, offers these tips to help you face winter driving conditions. Car Preparation Be sure the battery is fully charged; check all fluid levels, including antifreeze; check ignition wiring; be sure all lights operate properly; be sure

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