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Keep your car safe in frigid temps

Experts give safety tips and warn of rust

If you're going to start up that engine and trek outside on in this sub-zero blast of winter air, remember to do it safely.

And this isn't just about topping up your windshield washer fluid, but rather the hazards you may face on a cold day like this without even realizing it.

The salt mixture on the roads could wreak havoc to your car's underside according to Manny Bakhshi of Krown Rust Proofing on St. Clair W. He points specifically to your brake lines, gas lines and gas tank.

And while giving your car a post-winter deep cleaning is always a good idea, Ontario Safety League president Brian Patterson says you should get your car washed in the interim.  

Some other tips from Patterson: scrape all the ice of your car before driving and wear your warm winter gear incase your stalls and you have to get out. He also says it's also a good idea to turn off the heat while your warming up your car because it will help the engine's temperature to rise quicker.

CAA South Central Ontario spokesperson Silvana Aceto says always keep an emergency kit handy. She recommends filling it with things like an ice scrapper, booster cables, shovel, blankets, water and snacks.

Aceto also recommends to keep your cell phone fully charged in case of an emergency on the roads.

Both Aceto and Patterson point out batteries are more likely to drain during cold weather spells, so it's always best to make sure yours is reliable at the beginning or winter.

Patterson adds while new cars - equipped with electrical gadgets - aren't more susceptible to failure in the cold, if there is an issue, more than one thing may fail at a time.

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  1. Lynn Foster Turner posted on 01/09/2014 05:14 PM
    You might also mention to clean the snow off the top so when you are driving it does not blow into the windshield of he car behind you! Take a few minutes to think of others!
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