Winter weather hit Northwest Arkansas much earlier than expected this year, making it harder for people in the area to make sure their cars are ready for the cold temperatures and hazardous driving conditions.
The last time we had winter weather potential this early in the year was November 11, 1995. Mike from The Grease Pig on Martin Luther King Boulevard in Fayetteville told KNWA that there was a line formed outside the shop when he got in at 730 AM Monday morning, as people are frantic to make sure their cars can withstand the weather.
He said one of the easiest way to prepare is to maintain your car throughout the year. Especially your tires as the change in temperature can cause major issues.
“It’s hard on the tire, hard on the sidewall of the tire, when the tire’s spread out. It can affect fuel mileage, it can cause a lot of heat in the tire, it stretches the rubber in the tire a lot. It can cause a lot of damage,” said The Grease Pig Shop Manager, Mike Murphree.
A few things he said you can do at home to prepare is open the hood of your car check for damage to your battery, pipes or hoses and maintain the anti-freeze. Mike said take the cap off of your radiator and if you don’t see a green or yellow color get your car in and checked.