When we get into the heart of winter with frigid temperatures and bad weather, it's not only people and pets who need to be taken care of, but our vehicles also need a little extra attention when conditions get like this.

Here are 5 things to be sure to keep in mind as winter continues, to take the best care of both your car and yourself:

 

  • Keep An Eye On Your Fluids

    There are few things worse (and I've been there) than being in the middle of a white knuckle winter storm drive with other vehicles spraying snow and road salt at your windshield and realizing that you're out of washer fluid.

    In addition to being sure that your washer fluid is topped off, if you've been putting off that oil change, when temperatures are dipping to dangerous lows like they have been recently, it's not a good time to mess around with old or low oil.

  • Keep Those Tires In Top Shape

    This is another one that a lot of us, again myself included, put off. Tires are expensive and there's always that feeling of, "I can get just a few more miles out of these".

    But if you've been "getting a few more miles" out of your tires since the last time you used your seasonal beach badge, this is the time to pull the trigger and swap them out.

  • Your Car's Battery

    This will go right into the exact same category as the previous two items on the list - we all put it off.

    I do it, you do it, your mail carrier's neighbor's uncle does it.

    AAA says that there really isn't a hard and fast rule when it comes to replacing your car's battery, but Popular Mechanics suggests that 6 years is pushing the limit.

    Remember just above when I said that there are few things worse than running out of washer fluid during a snow storm? Well, having a dead battery is definitely worse.

  • Keep Your Car Clean

    It may seem counter-intuitive to take your vehicle to a car wash knowing that the next storm is right around the corner, but living here at the shore we all know what salt can do to a car.

    It's tempting to think that you're throwing away $7 on a car wash if another winter storm is on the horizon, but the damage that road salt can do to your vehicle is even worse.

  • Clean The Snow Off Your Car

    Kevin Williams has The Hometown View.

    Bob Levy has Topic A.

    If there's one thing that I would like to leave as my legacy to Ocean County, it's drilling in the fact that cleaning the snow off of your car isn't only the considerate thing to do, but not doing it has been illegal for years now.

    I mean honestly, this goes beyond a pet peeve for me and falls firmly into the category of an admitted obsession.

    I just don't get what's so hard about it.

    Yes, some of us have big cars. But guess what? They also have really big snow brushes now, too.

    Nobody, and I really mean nobody, likes having to clean snow off of a car. But you know what just about everyone likes even less? Having a huge hunk of snow come flying off the roof of the car in front of them directly aimed at their windshield at 70 miles per hour on the Parkway.

    Maybe it's just me and my whole thing with windshields, but please, for crying out loud, clear the snow off of your car!