Car and Plant Care For Cold Temperatures

By: Emily Johnson Email
By: Emily Johnson Email

By: Emily Johnson
December 16, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - As temperatures continue to drop in the Big Bend the next few days, the mechanics at Auto Super-Service Center say it's important to have your coolant system and tire pressure checked. "Tire pressure is important because they have tire pressure monitoring systems for every 10 degrees of temperature drop you tire pressure can change up to 1 lb," said Neil Branch, Director of Operations for Auto Super-Service Center.

Before hitting the highways for holiday travel, Branch said it's important to have your tire tread looked at as well. "If you're going up north to North Carolina for the winter, make sure your tires are in good condition and have plenty of tread so you don't slip so bad on ice or snow," said Branch.

If you're interested in getting a winter trip check, most automotive shops offer deals during this time. They will be testing the battery, wiper blades and other general inspection points.

If you're not heading out of town and are staying local for the holidays, your Christmas tree and plants will need care too. Dave Iden from Espisitos suggest having an unlimited supply of water for your tree and is away from a heat vent. "the heat is going to dry that tree out, but most important thing is to not let the stand try out," said Iden.

Iden also said it's a good preventive measure to cover your plants in a frost cloth when the chilly temperatures come. "A watered plant will withstand cold weather, if it is going to go down below freezing they're different types of fabrics and things you can use to cover them," said Iden

Other tips include letting your perennials die back each year and to not use plastic when covering your plants.

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