‘Do it now, so you don’t have to worry about it later’: AAA reminds drivers to prepare for winter

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NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – October is AAA’s Car Care Month. It is a great reminder to get your car ready for the winter months.

It is good to check up on your car’s maintenance now, to avoid dealing with it when it is too late.

AAA says the most important thing you should have checked is the car battery.

The East Central Branch was called to nearly a quarter-million dead battery calls just in the last year.

“That’s a lot of dead batteries. We replaced about 60,000 and you know that’s just something that we kind of expect every year, but we want people to get ahead of it now so that you’re not waiting in the cold and you’re late to work in the middle of January because you didn’t have the battery tested when you could’ve in October,” said Public Affairs Director Jim Garrity.

You should also make sure you drive your car and not let it sit.

“That’s one of the biggest things you can do winter and throughout the entire year. Which was a big problem we noticed during the pandemic because a lot of people just let their cars sit around, some for months at a time. That’s very bad for your battery because when it’s sitting there – it’s born to be moving,” said Garrity.

There will be a free battery check at the AAA Niles location at 937 Youngstown-Warren Road.

It will be on October 21 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

“We’re going to be testing your battery. We will give you an honest assessment about whether or not we think it’s going to make it through the winter, if you need to replace, we’ll help you replace it as well,” said Garrity.

AAA provides a detailed checklist for drivers. Some things you should focus on include tires and windshield wipers.

“Have somebody look at it. It’s preventative maintenance. You do it now, you don’t have to worry about it later,” said Garrity.

You can do the checks yourself, but if you want, AAA has a list of approved mechanics that meet their standards.

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