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Winterizing your vehicle

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Winterize Your Vehicle

Check or have a mechanic check the following items on your car:

Antifreeze levels - ensure they are sufficient to avoid freezing.

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Battery and ignition system - should be in top condition and battery terminals should be clean.

Brakes - check for wear and fluid levels.

Exhaust system - check for leaks and crimped pipes and repair or replace as necessary. Carbon monoxide is deadly and usually gives no warning.

Fuel and air filters - replace and keep water out of the system by using additives and maintaining a full tank of gas. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.

Heater and defroster - ensure they work properly.

Lights and flashing hazard lights - check for serviceability.

Oil - check for level and weight. Heavier oils congeal more at low temperatures and do not lubricate as well.

Thermostat - ensure it works properly.

Windshield wiper equipment - repair any problems and maintain proper washer fluid level.

Install good winter tires - Make sure the tires have adequate tread. All-weather radials are usually adequate for most winter conditions. However, some jurisdictions require that to drive on their roads, vehicles must be equipped with chains or snow tires with studs.

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Broadcast meteorologist for 15 years (Marquette, Michigan; Burlington, VT; Albany, NY; South Jersey). NBC40 Chief meteorologist from December 2003 through December 2014. Press meteorologist since January 2015

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Here is Your South Jersey Forecast

TUESDAY► Mostly cloudy with some patchy drizzle and fog possible early as well a few scattered showers through midday. Some breaks of sun are possible later in the day, or at the very least drier weather. Cooler with highs around 75-80, thanks to a northeast wind around 10-15mph.

WEDNESDAY► Partly to mostly sunny and a fairly cooler and comfier late July day, with an easterly ocean breeze at 10-15mph keeping highs in the mid to upper 70s.

THURSDAY► Partly sunny and warmer as the humidity begins to creep upwards once again.  Highs in the upper 70s to near 80 along the shore, closer to 85 on the mainland. South winds around 10mph.

FRIDAY► Partly sunny, warm, and humid with some passing showers and thunderstorms possible, but far from a washout. Our warmest day of the forecast with highs in the mid to upper 80s, and a south to southwest wind around 15mph.

NEXT WEEKEND► Becoming partly to mostly sunny and comfortably warm with fairly low humidity. Highs in the upper 70s along the shore with light sea-breezes, low 80s farther inland.