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It's Time To Winterize Your Car!

CNY saw the first snow of the year this morning. Some folks say it's here too soon, while others say it's just in time. Whether or not you're happy to see the snow, auto technicians at Oriskany Garage & Tire say colder temps mean it's time to winterize your car. Ernie Hugg is a Yorkville auto technician. He says when it comes to CNY winters, it's all about the tires.
CNY saw the first snow of the year this morning. Some folks say it's here too soon, while others say it's just in time.

Whether or not you're happy to see the snow, auto technicians at Oriskany Garage & Tire say colder temps mean it's time to winterize your car.

Ernie Hugg is a Yorkville auto technician. He says when it comes to CNY winters, it's all about the tires.

"Snow tires are different because of the thread design, so it will kick the snow out so it will stay clear," says Ernie.

When the flakes starts coming down, Ernie says snow tires are definitely more reliable than all-season tires.

"We get a lot of snow and we do get a lot of ice and slush so you need traction to get around corners," says Ernie.

And this something CNYers are quite familiar with.

"Fix it while you got decent weather because when the bad weather comes you'll wish you had," says Duane Rotach, Barneveld resident.

"I drive about 700 miles a week and snow tires make all the difference," says Kevin O'Connor, Whitesboro resident.

Auto technicians say there's more to winterizing than just tires. It's also very important to check your cooling levels.

"We're looking for 35 degrees below zero will help your car and prevent it from freezing come winter temperatures," says Ernie.

Again, while we're all used to this time of year, it's always better to be safe than sorry.

"Nothing more discouraging to go to work and have a dead battery," says Rotach.

"It's really not a good thing when snow plows are out and you're stuck on the road, you're really impacting other drivers," says Ann Marie Rowlands, New Hartford resident.

Auto technicians also suggest keeping an emergency kit in your car; Shovels, scrapers, flashlights, batteries, blankets, warm clothes, hat and gloves, extra washer fluid, extra water.

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