PREPARING FOR COLD WINTER DRIVING The cold months are nearly here again, and anyone who has ever driven during a New York State winter knows for sure there are all kinds of additional challenges on the roadway that you don’t find in the summer. Breaking down on a warm day will likely be little more than an inconvenience … breaking down in the dead of winter can be quite a bit more frightening and dangerous. Now is a good time to beat the rush and schedule your vehicle winterization service at NYE Automotive to make sure you drive with the peace of mind of knowing you are as safe as can be when the weather is bad. We will check your belts and hoses to make sure everything is in good working order, test the battery and its clamps and cables to ensure it will always be ready to fire up on those cold winter mornings, and make sure your heater and defroster is up to the task of keeping you warm and your view clear on chilly drives. We also test the antifreeze to make sure you are prepared for the lowest temperatures you might face. Sure, last winter was one of the mildest on record for New Yorkers, but that doesn’t mean this winter will be the same — it pays to prepare for the worst to bring out the best in your vehicle’s performance. You’ll also want to have the oil changed to a lower viscosity in the winter. Cold temperatures can cause the oil to thicken and flow too slowly to the engine parts it needs to lubricate. This can cause the engine to get too hot and, even though it may be freezing cold outside, an overheating engine is not a good thing. You can prepare for safe driving in the winter weather with the addition of a few items. You’ve probably already got a spare tire and the tools to change it, but do you have an emergency kit complete with engine oil, washer fluid and coolant? In the winter you’ll also definitely want an ice scraper and brush, plus a small snow shovel, flashlights and flares, and an extra pair of gloves, boots and a blanket just in case. Many people even travel with a bag of kitty litter in the trunk, because the gritty substance makes for great traction under the tires if you get stuck. Call NYE Automotive today for an expert winterization of your vehicle and be prepared for whatever the cold brings. NYE Automotive is located at 1441 Genesee St. in Oneida and open Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information or to schedule an appointment call 315-363-1000.