OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - A vehicle can be a big investment, an expensive item you want to take care of. Usually, South Mississippians don't have to worry about protecting their automobiles from the cold, but when temperatures are near or below freezing, they should.
"If the temperature gets down to 35 degrees, of course it's going to freeze. Having the proper amount of coolant in your vehicle is imperative," said local mechanic Ben Simpson.
Simpson says there are lots of things you can do to winterize your car, but a lot of it is preventative care.
"Don't be surprised if you wake up in the morning and your car doesn't start. Something about the cold weather takes a toll on older batteries," said Simpson.
He says dying car batteries are probably the most common car trouble that comes with chilly temperatures, and it's often an unavoidable consequence, but there are other things that you can check as well.
"You certainly want to check your oil and make sure it's up to date. Old oil or contaminated oil can turn into a syrupy substance. In the time it takes for the oil pressure to build up, it can damage your engine," said Simpson.
Another common practice when it's cold outside is to let your car warm up before you drive it, but many people don't feel the need to do that. However, Simpson says it is a good habit to have.
"Once you crank the engine up, there's a lot of friction going on there, and the engine is already getting hot and you don't know it. So just let it warm up a minute, and you will be fine," said Simpson.