Ready for winter? Six tips to winterize your car.

4. Check the battery

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Tennessee State Trooper Preston Donaldson (right) helps jump start State Trooper Gil Smith's car in Nashville, Tenn., after it would not start due to cold weather in this 2010 file photo. A severe winter can be hard on car batteries.

Cold temperatures can reduce the battery’s power. If your car’s battery is older than four years, it may be time to replace it. Check the battery cables, tray, and hold-down brackets for corrosion – a common problem on older vehicles.

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