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Going Green: Car safety and efficiency in the winter

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With the cold weather upon us, it's important to keep your car running in peak condition. Rockford's Marden Tire and Auto has some green tips, to keep your car rolling efficiently.

For starters, remember the basics. Keep your tires filled with air, so that you don't get a flat in the cold weather. To put a green spin on that, fill the tires with nitrogen instead. This reduces air loss from the cold, and heat build up in the tires. Fueling up is important to get the best fuel economy. And while you're at it, make sure it's the proper fuel for your car. If it says use premium, use it, but if it doesn't, do not. By using a fuel that isn't' right for your car, it could damage the power.

Marden Tire and Auto owner, Bill Farris, recommends keeping your battery charged as well. In the winter months, getting stranded with a dead battery would be bad news.

"Another important factor is the battery," Marden says. "Cables need to be cleaned and tightened and serviced. Generally it should be checked before every winter season."

By following these tips, your car has a better chance of running more efficiently, with higher fuel economy and a safe ride through the winter months.

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