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Body shop: Avoid winter accidents with maintenance

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SAGINAW COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

James Mullineaux hasn't had a winter fender bender in years. But he remembers it like it was yesterday.

"I was driving down a back country road and it was snowing. And I was just having fun I got selectable four-wheel drive, turned it off and was spinning around and spun into a ditch," Mullineaux said.

Now that the snow and ice has a cold grip on Mid-Michigan, Mullineaux is staying prepared.

"I check my tires pretty frequently. I got a little mini air compressor in the truck. I got a jump pack in my trunk. I got tow strap in my trunk," Mullineaux said.

Even though the cold weather is here, experts said it's still not too late to get your car ready for winter.

"It's never too late to winterize anything. Just make sure that when you go in all your fluids like your antifreeze is up," said Bud Nasset. "Make sure your window washer solvent is up. Make sure your oils are topped off and everything else."

Nasset is the service manager for Redmond Automotive in Saginaw Township. He said the body shop is busy after Monday's snowfall. Nasset has advice to keep our cars on the road instead of the hoist.

"Watch the tires on them. Make sure you don't have bald tires on them. You slide into a curve with these newer cars you're going to bend things," Nasset said.

Nasset said that damage can be costly.

"If you hit something hard enough, thousands," Nasset said.

As for Mullineaux, he'll spend the rest of the winter doing everything he can to stay out of the ditch.

"You never know if there's ice underneath there. And four wheel drive helps you go but it doesn't help you stop," Mullineaux said.

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