Randy Norsworthy of North Country Auto Maps Out Winter Driving Preparedness

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Randy Norsworthy, owner of North Country Auto, shares his top tips for preparing your vehicle for winter driving, and discusses North Country’s unique LifePledge warranty.

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However, there are ways that drivers can be prepared for the winter months, and should get their cars checked prior to wet and/or snow conditions to avoid breaking down and being stranded in inclement weather.

Randy Norsworthy, owner of North Country Auto, shares his top tips for preparing your vehicle for winter driving, and discusses North Country’s unique LifePledge warranty.

“Driving in harsh winter conditions is inevitable, particularly in places like northern Maine,” said Randy. “However, there are ways that drivers can be prepared for the winter months, and should get theirs cars checked prior to wet and/or snow conditions to avoid breaking down and being stranded in inclement weather.”

First and foremost, Randy suggests taking your vehicle to a trusted mechanic to have its battery, antifreeze level, thermostat, heater, brakes and defroster checked. Additionally, check to see if your tires have adequate tread or, if necessary, replace them with snow tires.

“Sometimes the small problem that you ignore may cause you to have bigger problems later,” said Randy. “Also, it is imperative to conduct a visual inspection of your vehicle’s lights, making sure that the rear lights are working, especially the flashing hazard lights, in case you do break down.”

Randy further states that purchasing winter wiper blades is essential, as well as replacing windshield wiper fluid with one that can spray in freezing conditions, as oftentimes in winter standard windshield wiper fluid can freeze. It is also crucial to keep your gas tank at least half full through the winter months in case you get stranded, and keeping enough gas in your car will prevent the tank from getting condensation, making your vehicle easier to start.

“Additionally, always ensure your cell phone is charged or bring a charger so you can contact someone in case of an emergency,” said Randy. “You should also have the following items in your car at all times in winter: window scraper, shovel, First Aid kit, flashlight, fresh batteries, blankets, matches, extra set of clothes, bottle of water, a few non-perishable food items and a small bag of sand for a rear-wheel-drive vehicle if it gets stuck or even just to give it a little more weight if needed.”

As for the mechanical checks, they can all be done at a shop, such as North Country Auto, which is celebrating the second anniversary of its LifePledge warranty. LifePledge is an exclusive promise to North Country customers and an unlimited mileage powertrain warranty for most vehicles for the original purchaser as long as they own the vehicle.

“This is of no additional cost to the customer on all vehicles with LifePledge certification,” said Randy. “Vehicles that qualify are five years old or newer and have 75,000 miles or less. These vehicles go through a vigorous 162-point check by one of our master mechanics at our North Country Auto body shop, located just minutes from our Main Street store in Presque Isle.”

About Randy Norsworthy, North Country Auto
Randy Norsworthy, owner of North Country Auto, located at 792 Main Street, Presque Isle, ME 04769, is dedicated to fair and honest dealings with both customers and employees and is a firm believer in mutual respect and teamwork. North Country Auto, which also has locations in Houlton and Lincoln, ME, is an automotive leader, maintaining a firm commitment to its customers and community. For more information, please call (207) 762-6222.

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