Preparing cars for cold temperatures

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)- Getting behind the wheel in freezing weather can be quite a feat.
“I wanna be safe and fill up the air in my tires and make sure that I have a safe vehicle to drive,” said Hilary Cunkle.

“Yeah it can be a challenge, it can be a real challenge,” Jim Sullivan, another driver, said.

As the roads get icier, it’s important to make sure your car is in tip top shape.

All Star Automotive Car Mechanic Steve Pruitt says drivers should be more mindful of their car’s tire pressure

“Cold weather always pulls down tire pressure which is very important.” he said.

He also says drivers should check their anti-freeze coolant levels that prevent car radiators from freezing up.

“They should check their washer fluid freeze level to make sure when you spray it there on your window, it doesn’t freeze that’s worse than having a dirty window."

It’s also a good idea to give your car some time to get toasty in the mornings.

“Warm the car up, two to three minutes before putting it in drive.” he said.

Florida Highway Patrol is also keeping an eye on drivers and while they are not planning on closing down any road, they will be increasing their patrols.

For bus riders, RTS bus routes will also run as normal unless a roadway is completely frozen over.