While winters in the Wiregrass are far from typical, local vehicle maintenance workers said there are still steps residents can take to protect their engines during the colder temperatures.
The National Weather Service’s Tallahassee, Fla., office forecast temperatures in the higher 60 degrees through this week, with lows around 45. That forecast was quite different from last week’s temperatures, where snow flurries swept across some parts of the state.
Evans Automotive technician Corey Dunn suggested residents regularly check fluids in their vehicle, particularly coolant, to assure the coolant is at the right temperature for cooler temperatures.
He said residents should have their vehicles’ batteries checked, as well.
“If anything in your car is getting ready to go out it’s going to be in extreme weather conditions, whether extremely hot or extremely cold,” Dunn said.
“You want to make sure to check and see that you have a good battery.”
Mitch Lowery, manager of Jim Whaley’s Tires in Ozark, said residents should have all belts and hoses in their vehicles examined, in addition to checking tires for the appropriate amount of tread and the vehicle’s air and cabin filters as needed.
“An air filter can increase the fuel mileage as well as add to the longevity of the vehicle,” he said. “It lets the engine breathe, so to speak, so it’s not under constant straining.”