Let It Snow? I was chatting on the phone the other day with famed extreme sportsman Beagle Jarvis calling from Alaska when I asked what he was up to — he responded he was doing 60 miles an hour driving down the highway in a snow storm. Knowing Beagle, a favorite former resident of Madison County, N.Y. growing up not too far from the NYE Automotive Group, I pictured him behind the wheel loving the chance to gun his truck through the snowy Alaskan wilderness and not let the winter weather keep him down. For the rest of us back here in Central New York, however, that’s likely not so much the case. I’m thinking more than a few drivers totally despair the need to set out on a snowy road. But with some proper prior preparations, that trip won’t seem so bad after all … even if it’s just the calm feeling from knowing you are ready for just about anything Mother Nature can throw at you. The most important thing to do is to stop by your favorite NYE Automotive Group repair shop for a pre-winter check-up so we can give your vehicle a thorough going-over to make sure there aren’t any mechanical difficulties just waiting to leave you stranded in the cold. We’ll check your battery, fluids, coolant, belts, hoses, electrical connections, tires, heater, defroster, and everything else needed to get you from point A to point B without ending up stuck in snow bank C. Make sure you have an ice scraper in good shape, and check your windshield wipers to make sure they are ready for the extra wear and tear of the winter weather. Both will be invaluable to make sure you have as much visibility as possible when driving out in the cold. Keep your gas tank full or close to it at all times during the winter. Not only will this keep you from running out of gas and finding yourself stuck somewhere, but it will also lessen the possibility of damage to the gas tank caused by the cold and icing. When the tank is near empty, condensation can cause water to form inside and that water will freeze in the cold, blocking the flow of whatever gas is left. No matter what the season, it’s always a good idea to have an emergency kit in your car with the essentials like extra antifreeze, motor oil, flares, flashlights, and windshield washer fluid. In the winter, however, you should augment that collection with warm blankets, gloves, hats, and even an extra pair of boots. If you’re stranded somewhere cold without a functioning heater you will be glad you took the time to pack those warm necessities. And if you don’t really trust your old ride and want to avoid cold weather breakdowns before they happen, trust NYE to put you behind the steering wheel of a reliable vehicle. The NYE Automotive Group is located at 1479 Genesee St. in Oneida, N.Y. For more info on any of our vehicles and services, call (315) 363-0600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.