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How to prepare your car for winter weather in Houston

Most people have not been driving their cars much, and because of this, you might need to make sure your car is ready for the cold.

HOUSTON — Winter is coming for Texans. It's a bitter cold with which most are not familiar. That's why experts suggest you take a look under the hood to make sure everything is running properly.

Experts are asking people to drive it around a little before the temperatures drop. And AAA says you need to "BET" on your car: check your battery, engine and tires.

AAA said if your car's battery is 3 years or older, make sure you get it checked out by a professional. And try to park your car inside a garage to prevent the cold from draining the battery.

"Drive with your lights on in inclement weather. But turn them off when you park. Turn off those wipers, the heater to prevent any drainage and unplug phone chargers and USB cables," said Joshua Zuber, AAA spokesperson.

Check your engine. Make sure your liquids are all up to par. For instance, have wiper fluid instead of water.

"The only problem they will have if there is water in their engine instead of coolant. They have water, that is problem," said Sal Nimri, manager at Sal's Auto Repair.

Bottom line is if you need help, go to a mechanic.

Also really important: don’t forget to check your tires.

"It's important that they are at the proper pressure level, as the average temperature drops so will your tire pressure," Zuber said.

The best advice is to try to avoid the roads if it's icy.

"If it rains and drop below freezing, don’t drive," Nimri said. "Don’t drive it. I don’t care what kind of tires you have, but don’t drive it, because it's going to be very slippery."

AAA also suggests people have an emergency kit in your car, like a blanket or an extra coat in case your car breaks down and you need to keep warm.

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