Most Iowans would rather ignore the fact, but winter weather isn’t far away. Triple-A Iowa is advising folks to get their cars ready for the foul freeze now, before it’s too late. The motor club’s Dawn Duffy recommends getting an inspection at an approved shop, though she says you can do many things yourself: ensure the tires are properly inflated, fluid levels are full, front and rear lights are operating and belts and hoses are in good condition. Duffy says you should pack an emergency kit for your trunk. Include things like: candles and matches, pencil and paper, a flashlight with fresh batteries, a snow shovel and brush, traction mats and an ice scraper. Duffy says you may need snacks too, like Granola bars or even a can of stew — and a can opener. Also include: booster cables, blankets, flares or triangle warning devices, heavy gloves, window washing solvent and first aid kit. Another winter trouble spot for cars is the battery. Make sure yours is well charged. Your battery may be going if the starter cranks the engine slowly when the key is turned or if the headlights dim when the engine idles.
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