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5 Winter Car Care Tips

Sometimes, it may be easy to forget about giving your car the tender loving care it needs to stay healthy. But with the heavy snow, icy roads and cold weather that winter can bring, now is the time to make sure to care for your vehicle.

Cold weather makes pliable material stiffer and more brittle and can make fluids thicker. If you live an area with severe winter weather, you know how dangerous the roads can get and the unique problems winter weather can create for your car.

So, take a look through our list of top five winter car care tips:


1. Take your car in for a tune-up.

If you haven’t taken your car to the shop for a while, now is the time to do so. A tune-up will help keep your car running longer and may save you money by detecting potential problems early.


2. Check your tires.

On slippery or icy roads, your tires are extremely important to giving you stability and controlled handling. So, make sure to check your tires’ pressure and wear. You can place a penny on its edge in a tread groove to test a tire’s tread. If you can see the top of his hair or any of the tires background, it is time to replace your tires. Do this in several spots because tires don’t wear evenly. You should also take your tires in to get rotated and properly balanced. If you’re in an area with particularly severe winter weather, you should consider purchasing a set of snow tires, which are made specifically for snowy and icy surfaces.


3. Check your fluids levels.

Make sure you check that the transmission, brake, power steering and windshield washer fluids and coolants are filled to proper levels. You should use de-icer windshield washer fluid which will help clear light ice and frost while preventing re-freezing.


4. Make a winter emergency kit.

In addition to the emergency road kit you should already have in your car, it is a good idea to have a special winter car kit. This kit should include things like cat litter or sand for tire traction on snow and ice, an ice scraper and de-icing liquid.


5. Check your air filters.

During the summer and fall, contaminants can get caught in your air filters and will eventually get caught inside your vehicle and cause problems. If you see any debris caught on the filter, it’s a good idea to get the filter replaced.

Read more at: http://blog.allstate.com/5-winter-car-care-tips/

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Home for the Holidays: Is Your Car Up for the Journey?

Before you pack up the car to head home for the holidays, the Car Care Council reminds you to make sure your vehicle is ready for the journey. Conducting a thorough vehicle inspection will help you avoid the inconvenience and potential safety hazards of breaking down miles away from home.

“It’s easy to remember to get your family ready for the holiday festivities, but what about preparing the car that’s going to get you there?” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Having a pre-inspection performed on your car will give you peace of mind as you travel and help make your journey safer.”

Before leaving home, the Car Care Council recommends a check of the following, often overlooked, items: tires and tire pressure, brakes, hoses and belts, air filters, wipers, exterior and interior lighting, and fluid levels, including engine oil, windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.

“A pre-trip inspection provides the opportunity to have service repairs made at home by your own trusted technician who knows the vehicle, and helps reduce the chance of costly and dangerous trouble on the road,” said Rich While.

The Car Care Council also recommends that drivers keep important telephone numbers in their cell phone or glove box in case of a breakdown or travel emergency. Vehicles should have a roadside emergency kit that includes items such as a first aid kit, a tire-changing jack, a tire pressure gauge, jumper cables, a flashlight and a blanket. A copy of the recently-updated 80-page Car Care Guide should be kept in the glove box and can be ordered free of charge at www.carcare.org/car-care-guide.

The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For a free copy of the council’s popular Car Care Guide or for more information, visit www.carcare.org.

As read on: http://www.carcare.org/2014/11/home-holidays-car-journey/

Michigan Warming Centers and Shelter information

During these extreme cold temperatures it is important to stay warm. If you or someone you know is in need of a warming center or shelter, here is a list of some throughout South East Michigan. 
 
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF ANN ARBOR

1432 Washtenaw
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 662-4466 Main
Service description:Provides
temporary, day time shelter during periods of extreme cold temperatures
and inclement winter weather. Refreshments may be available to
sheltering guests.
Eligibility:No restrictions.
Application process:Walk in.
Documents required:None.
Fees:None.
Area served:Washtenaw County.
Service hours:Tue, Jan 7, 2014 8am-7pm.
Services:Cold Weather Shelters/Warming Centers
Site area served:Washtenaw County.
Location:Located on Washtenaw between Hill Street and South University Street.
MATHIS COMMUNITY CENTER

19300 Greenfield Road
Detroit, MI 48235
(313) 342-8582 Main
Wayne County
Service description:Provides
temporary, day time shelter from extreme cold and inclement winter
weather for individuals and families. Hot beverages and modest meals
will be made available to shelter guests. Blankets and warm winter wear
may be available to some guests, availability is based on donation
availability.The center is seeking donations of blankets and other warm winter wear.

Eligibility:No restrictions.
Application process:Walk in during open hours.
Documents required:None.
Fees:No fees.
Area served:City of Detroit.
Service hours:Tue Jan 7, 2014 – Wed Jan 8, 2014; 9am-4pm.
Services:Cold Weather Shelters/Warming Centers
Site area served:City of Detroit.
Site hours:Hours vary, call for more information.
Location:Located on Greenfield Road north of Seven Mile Road.
DETROIT RECREATION DEPARTMENTJOSEPH WALKER WILLIAMS CENTER

8431 Rosa Parks Boulevard
Detroit, MI 48206
(313) 628-2039 Main
Wayne County
Service description:Provides
temporary, day time shelter from the extreme cold and inclement winter
weather for individuals and families who have no place else to go.
Eligibility:No restrictions.
Application process:Walk in.
Documents required:None.
Fees:None.
Service hours:11am-7pm daily, beginning Mon, January 6, 2014.
Services:Cold Weather Shelters/Warming Centers
Site area served:Detroit.
Site hours:Mon-Fri 6am-9pm, Sat 9am-5pm.
Location:From
Frontage Rd./John C. Lodge Fwy., turn onto Clairmount Ave. Turn left
at 12th Ave./Rosa Parks Blvd. Destination will be on the right. Bustop
lets out on 14th St. close to West Philadelphia St.
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CASS COMMUNITY SOCIAL SERVICESCASS COMMUNITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

3901 Cass Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 833-7730 Intake
Wayne County
Service description:Offers
overnight shelter during cold months. Provides warmth, two meals each
day (dinner and breakfast) and a safe place to sleep. Guests are
provided with mats, linens and blankets to sleep. Snacks for diabetics
and children are also provided. Laundry services are available if
necessary. Bus tickets are sometimes available.
Eligibility:Single women and women with children.
Application process:Walk in. Or call 313-833-7730 during the hours of operation for more information.
Service hours:Mon-Sun 4pm-8am. Nov 15, 2013 – March 31, 2014.
Services:Cold Weather Shelters/Warming Centers
Site area served:Serves All Areas.
Other services at this location
UNITED STATES VETERANS HEALTH ADMINISTRATION – JOHN D DINGELL VA MEDICAL CENTER

4646 John R Street
Detroit, MI 48201
(800) 511-8056 Toll Free
Wayne County
Service description:Provides
temporary, day time shelter for unsheltered veterans and their families
in order to provide respite from the extreme cold and inclement winter
weather. Coffee and blankets will be provided for shelter guests to use.
Eligibility:Unsheltered veterans and their families.
Application process:Walk in to room B1290, located on the first floor of the medical center.
Documents required:No documents are required, ID may be presented if available.
Fees:None.
Service hours:Mon, Jan 6 – Thu, Jan 9, 2014; 8am-4pm daily.
Services:Cold Weather Shelters/Warming Centers
Site area served:Macomb, Oakland, Saint Clair and Wayne counties.
Site hours:24 hours (Hospital Services); Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm (Administration).
Location:Located one block east of Woodward Ave. and one block south of E Warren Ave., next to Detroit Receiving Hospital.
DETROIT RECREATION DEPARTMENTFARWELL RECREATION CENTER

2781 East Outer Drive
Detroit, MI 48234
(313) 628-2028 Intake
Wayne County
Service description:Provides
temporary, day time shelter from the extreme cold and inclement winter
weather for individuals and families who have no place else to go.
Eligibility:No restrictions.
Application process:Walk in.
Documents required:None.
Fees:None.
Service hours:11am-7pm daily, beginning Mon, January 6, 2014.
Services:Cold Weather Shelters/Warming Centers
Site area served:Detroit.
Site hours:Mon-Fri 9am-5pm.
Location:Between Healy Ave. and Hasse Ave.
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FRANKLIN WRIGHT SETTLEMENTS

3360 Charlevoix Street
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 579-1000 Main
Wayne County
Service description:Provides
individuals and families with a warm, safe place to sleep and emergency
food in response to a DTE Energy service interruption that is not due
to an unpaid utility bill. Eligible households will receive emergency
shelter up to 72 hours, access to a crisis counselor, emergency food,
energy conservation and budgeting education and transportation
assistance. Center offers 7 units, with 10 beds available to accomodate
individuals and families.
Eligibility:City
of Detroit residents experiencing an interruption in DTE Energy gas or
electric service disruption that is due to circumstances other than the
household’s failure to pay for electric services. If a landlord is the
utility customer and does not pay for services which results in
disruption of services to tenants, the affected tenants are considered
eligible.
Application process:Call or walk-in for intake interview.
Documents required:Must show government issued photo identification.
Fees:None.
Service hours:24 hours.
Services:Cold Weather Shelters/Warming Centers
Site area served:Primarily Wayne County; some programs serve all areas.
Site hours:Mon-Sat 9am-8pm; 9am-5pm Sun.
Location:From
I-75 S take the Fisher/Fwy exit toward Toledo. Take Exit 51B on the
left toward Gratiot Ave/State Hwy 3. Merge onto Fisher Fwy N. then
slight left at Gratiot Ave/M-3. Turn right at Arndt St. Turn right at
Ellery St. Turn right at Charlevoix St.
TEAM MENTAL HEALTH SERVICESTEAM MENTAL HEALTH – EASTERN MARKET OFFICE

2925 Russell Street
Detroit, MI 48207-3133
(313) 396-5300 Main
Wayne County
Service description:Provides
temporary, day time shelter from extreme cold and inclement winter
weather for individuals and families without shelter. Coffee will be
provided to guests.
Eligibility:No restrictions.
Application process:walk in.
Documents required:None.
Fees:No fees.
Area served:Detroit.
Service hours:Tue, Jan 7, 2014 – Fri, Jan 10, 2014; 8:30am-5pm.
Services:Cold Weather Shelters/Warming Centers
Site area served:Wayne, Western Wayne and Downriver.
Site hours:Mon-Fri 9am-3pm.
Location:Located on Russell St. between Alfred and Wilkins.
DETROIT RECREATION DEPARTMENTBUTZEL FAMILY CENTER/SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER

7737 Kercheval
Detroit, MI 48214
(313) 628-2100 Intake
Wayne County
Service description:Provides
temporary, day time shelter from the extreme cold and inclement winter
weather for individuals and families who have no place else to go.
Eligibility:No restrictions.
Application process:Walk in.
Documents required:None.
Fees:None.
Service hours:11am-7pm daily, beginning Mon, January 6, 2014.
Services:Cold Weather Shelters/Warming Centers
Site area served:Detroit.
Site hours:Mon-Fri 9am-7pm.
Location:At corner of Kercheval Ave. and Van Dyke St.
Other services at this location

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AMERICAN RED CROSS – GENESEE-LAPEER CHAPTER

1401 South Grand Traverse Street
Flint, MI 48503
(810) 232-1401 Main
Genesee County
Service description:Provides
emergency Warming/Cooling Station and Shelters during weather
emergencies and mass power outages to provide residents with a safe and
warm/cool place to stay.
Eligibility:During Red Cross issued emergencies only
Application process:Call for more information
Documents required:Those
seeking shelter are encouraged to bring the following items if
possible: prescription medications; appropriate bedding, blankets, and
pillows; personal hygiene items; a change of clothes; and any necessary
items for infants or the elderly.
Fees:No fees
Payment method:Not applicable
Service hours:Mon-Sun 24 Hours
Services:Cold Weather Shelters/Warming Centers, Extreme Heat Cooling Programs
Site area served:Genesee
and Lapeer counties. West Branch office services Arenac, Alcona,
Crawford, Galdwin, Iosco, Ogemaw, Oscoda, and Roscommon counites.
Site hours:Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm.
Location:Located at I-69 downtown Flint eastbound ramp and Grand Traverse St.
AMERICAN RED CROSS – MID-MICHIGAN CHAPTERAMERICAN RED CROSS – SHIAWASSEE SERVICE CENTER

702 West Corunna Avenue
Corunna, MI 48817
(989) 743-6118 Main
Shiawassee County
Service description:Provides
emergency warming stations and shelters due to extreme weather
conditions and mass power outages that are open to provide residents
with a safe place to stay. Transportation may be able to be arranged by
calling SATA at 989-729-2687 by 6pm.
Eligibility:During Red Cross Issued Emergencies only. No pets, other than service animals will be allowed in the shelter.
Application process:Walk-ins accepted at 702 W. Corunna Rd, Corunna, MI 48817
Documents required:Those
seeking shelter are encouraged to bring the following items if
possible: prescription medications; appropriate bedding, blankets, and
pillows; personal hygiene items; a change of clothes; and any necessary
items for infants or the elderly.
Fees:No Fees
Payment method:Not Applicable
Service hours:Open at 3pm November 19th until further notice
Services:Cold Weather Shelters/Warming Centers, Extreme Heat Cooling Programs
Site area served:Shiawassee County
Site hours:Tue-Thu 9am-4pm
Location:Located west of the intersection of Shiawassee Street and Corunna Avenue.

AMERICAN RED CROSS – GENESEE-LAPEER CHAPTERAMERICAN RED CROSS – RSDA – WEST BRANCH

3450 West M 55
West Branch, MI 48661
(877) 272-7337 Toll Free   Armed Services Support national line
Ogemaw County
Service description:Emergency services in times of disaster.
Eligibility:None.
Application process:None.
Documents required:No documents required.
Fees:No fees/not applicable.
Payment method:Not applicable.
Service hours:Mon-Sun 24 hours.
Services:American
Red Cross Special Representatives to FEMA for Disaster/Emergency
Issues, Cold Weather Shelters/Warming Centers for Disaster/Emergency
Issues, Disaster Related Clothing/Emergency Supplies for
Disaster/Emergency Issues, Disaster Survivor Inquiries for
Disaster/Emergency Issues, Mass Care Shelters for Disaster/Emergency
Issues, Mass Feeding Services for Disaster/Emergency Issues, Red Cross
Disaster Service Centers for Disaster/Emergency Issues, Special Needs
Registries for Disaster/Emergency Issues, Special Needs Shelters for
Disaster/Emergency Issues
Site area served:Alcona County.

Arenac

Crawford County.

Gladwin

Iosco County.

Ogemaw County.

Oscoda County.

Roscommon County.

Missaukee County.

Wexford County.

Site hours:Mon-Fri 8:30am-5pm

9 Ways to Prepare Your Car for Winter Weather

Winterizing your vehicle is a wise idea, says the Car Care Council.  An investment of an hour or two to have your vehicle checked is all it takes to have peace of mind and help avoid the cost and hassle of a breakdown during severe weather.

“The last thing any driver needs is a vehicle that breaks down in cold, harsh winter weather,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “A vehicle check before the temperatures drop is a sensible way to avoid the inconvenience of being stranded out in the cold and with the unexpected expense of emergency repairs.”

The Car Care Council recommends the following nine steps for winterizing your vehicle.

  1. Have the battery and charging system checked for optimum performance. Cold weather is hard on batteries.
  2. Clean, flush and put new antifreeze in the cooling system. As a general rule of thumb, this should be done every two years.
  3. Make sure heaters, defrosters and wipers work properly. Consider winter wiper blades and use cold weather washer fluid. As a general rule, wiper blades should be replaced every six months.
  4. Check the tire tread depth and tire pressure. If snow and ice are a problem in your area, consider special tires designed to grip slick roads. During winter, tire pressure should be checked weekly.
  5. Be diligent about changing the oil and filter at recommended intervals. Dirty oil can spell trouble in winter. Consider changing to “winter weight” oil if you live in a cold climate. Have your technician check the fuel, air and transmission filters at the same time.
  6. If you’re due for a tune-up, have it done before winter sets in. Winter magnifies existing problems such as pings, hard starts, sluggish performance or rough idling.
  7. Have the brakes checked. The braking system is the vehicle’s most important safety item.
  8. Have the exhaust system checked for carbon monoxide leaks, which can be especially dangerous during cold weather driving when windows are closed.
  9. Check to see that exterior and interior lights work and headlights are properly aimed.

Watch the Winter Car Care Minute video here!

Motorists should also keep the gas tank at least half full at all times to decrease the chances of moisture forming in the gas lines and possibly freezing. Drivers should check the tire pressure of the spare in the trunk and stock an emergency kit with an ice scraper and snowbrush, jumper cables, flashlight, flares, blanket, extra clothes, candles/matches, bottled water, dry food snacks and needed medication.

The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For a copy of the council’s Car Care Guide or for more information, visit www.carcare.org.