Winter Is Coming; Is Your Car Ready?

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CARS.COM — Enjoying pumpkin-spiced lattes, the colors of the leaves and those refreshingly crisp autumn afternoons? Well, we hate to brrr-eak it to you, but that means winter is, er, on its way — and the inevitable cold weather that comes along with it is going to be here even sooner than the official December solstice. Unless you telecommute, you’ll have to face the freeze to get to work or school or wherever, and your car’s not gonna like it much more than you do.

From dead batteries to getting stuck in the snow to breaking down in the middle of nowhere amid subzero mercury readings, winter weather throws some chilling challenges at motorists. But with a little preparation, you can avoid trouble — or at least know how to deal with it when you can’t.

Check out our past coverage for winter-weather tips you should have down cold:

Tips for Starting Your Car in Subzero Weather

How To Survive Winter With Rear-Wheel Drive

How to Store Your Car for Winter

Your Car is Cold Too

Can a Car Battery Freeze?

Video: How to Jump Start Your Car

How to Safely Remove Snow and Ice From Your Car

How to Free Your Car From a Snowbank or Ice Patch

Most Backup Cameras Don’t Like Bad Weather

AAA Study: Extreme Cold Has Chilling Effect on EV Range

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Former Assistant Managing Editor-News Matt Schmitz is a veteran Chicago journalist indulging his curiosity for all things auto while helping to inform car shoppers. Email Matt Schmitz

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