Knoxville (WVLT) - Here in East Tennessee we've really been able to enjoy some really warm temperatures, but we all know that's changing as we speak.
You might be getting ready, but how ready is your car?
You know, you make sure you've got a coat on when you go outside.
Those in the automotive business say winterizing your car is very important because that's the coat that protects your car in cold weather.
John Higdon winterizes his 1999 Ford F-150 religiously.
"Yeah, I do it every year. Because I've got 140,000 miles on this truck," Higdon says.
But Fisher Tire owners say there are many vehicles on the road not winterized each year.
"Really, probably close to fifty percent," says Ray Fisher.
Not winterizing your vehicle can be a recipe for disaster.
Fisher says it's important to have all of your fluids checked, especially the anti freeze. Antifreeze he says not only keeps your coolant from freezing but also has lubricants in it. Over time antifreeze begins to be a danger to your car.
"It wears down over a period of time and that will cause, you know, swelling in the seals of the water pump, water pump go out," Fisher explains.
The days of multiple belts on vehicles is pretty much over and now just one is used. So keeping an eye on it is especially important.
"Now they are all serpentine belts. If your rubber belt breaks you're stranded on the side of the road," Fisher says.
And then there are radiator hoses. Fisher says they need to be checked for swelling and dry rot, because if you don't, something very inexpensive can lead to engine damage.
"The minute all the flow of antifreeze stops there's potential for extreme expenses there," adds Fisher.
And that's advice John Higdon has always applied to his truck. "Yeah, I want to drive it for a while. I want to put a 100,000 miles on it."
But driving correctly is equally as important in wintry weather.
A couple of tips from triple a include making sure your vehicle is ready but you also are prepared in case something happens so make sure your cell phone batter is charged.
Also, leave plenty of room between you and other vehicles. And finally, watch out for obstacles.
Bottom line when driving, officials say patience and common sense are your friends.
AAA recommends the following winter driving tips:
Tips for long-distance winter trips:
Tips for driving in the snow: