Keep your car winter safe

By WEEK Producer

Keep your car winter safe

January 21, 2013 Updated Jan 22, 2013 at 10:52 AM CDT

EAST PEORIA, Ill -- Frigid temperatures like Monday's are not only harmful to people and pets; they can wreak havoc on your vehicle.

Lows Monday night and Tuesday are expected to hover close to zero and those temps could make it a little harder to get your car started.

Local Mechanic Doug Randall says not having sufficient anti-freeze and neglecting a tune-up are some of the biggest reasons a car gives out in the winter.

"You want to make sure that the anti-freeze is good for probably at least 30, 35 below zero,” said Doug Randall, owner of Larry's Auto Body. “It's a good thing to get a tune-up, new spark plugs, oil change, have your tires checked. Batteries are also an important thing, have a good battery in the car."

Randall says replacing your battery and spark plugs can help prevent your car from not starting once the temperatures drop below zero.