Winter will be here soon, and winter driving comes with it. While safety is an important consideration all year long, there are some auto maintenance jobs and safety checks that are specific to chilled air and winter driving.

Check your antifreeze. Your antifreeze is an essential part of your car's winter protection. Your car contains a 50/50 mix of water and antifreeze. Make sure the level is full and the mixture is close to 50/50.

Inspect your tires and take the time to check the tread depth. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says you need at least 2/32" of depth to be safe. Also, be sure to check your tire pressure as tires can lose a little pressure when it gets cold.

Replace your wipers. It takes wipers that are in top shape to keep your windshield clean and safe. Also, check your windshield washer fluid — you'll be using lots of washer fluid as you try to keep your windshield sparkly. Don't fill your washer fluid reservoir with anything except washer fluid that won't freeze!

On top of the checks you need to perform to ensure safe winter driving, now's a good time to do some annual maintenance. These aren't necessarily specific to winter driving, but some good things to check:

• Clean your battery posts. Regularly treating your battery to a cleaning can keep electrical problems away.

• Inspect your spark plug wires. Cracked plug wires affect performance, gas mileage and general reliability. Be sure yours are in top shape.

• Inspect your brakes. Brakes are not a good area to cut corners. Be sure your brakes are in good enough shape to get you through the season.

• Check your engine oil. Check the oil monthly, and get an oil change whenever recommended by your favorite mechanic.

Cold weather safety should be a concern for anybody living in a cold climate. These tips will give you the upper hand when Old Man Winter tries to put a chill on your winter travels.

Meals on Wheels

A few openings in Garden City are available for Meals on Wheels customers. If you are homebound and unable to cook for yourself or eat out, call Patti at the Senior Center of Finney County at 272-3620. A physician’s order is required. Meals are provided by St. Catherine Hospital. Meals are $3.30 each with scholarships available. Thank you to the volunteers who delivered Meals on Wheels last week. Are you interested in helping with Meals on Wheels? Substitute drivers are always needed. If you would like to help, call Patti at 272-3620.

Season of giving

Looking for giving opportunities before the end of the year? Consider donating to the senior center! You can designate your donation to a specific department (Meals on Wheels, Nutrition, etc.), or you can have us use it for upcoming events and programming. Your donation is tax deductible. For more information, contact the senior center at 620-272-3620.

Medicare Part D

Appointments are still being taken for Medicare Part D open enrollment. This is the annual period of time when you can select new coverage for the coming year. Remember, just because you have a great plan this year doesn’t mean it will be great next year. Check it out. Don’t get surprised Jan. 1. Visit with your pharmacist or call the senior center at 272-3620 for an appointment with a counselor. Appointments are required.

Weekly activities

Thursday: TOPS, 8:30am; Art Class, 10 a.m.; Lunch & Learn, 11:30 a.m.; Ambassador Singers and Skip-Bo, 1 p.m.; strength training, 4 p.m.; yoga, 6 p.m.

Friday: Line Dancing, 8:30 a.m.; craft shop check-in/out, 10 a.m.; nurse from St. Catherine Hospital, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; gentle exercises, 11 a.m.; bridge, 12:45 p.m.; legal aid representative will be at the senior center (by appointment only) at 1 p.m.; EnhanceFitness, 2 p.m.

Saturday: The pool room is open 1 to 4 p.m.

Sunday: Duplicate bridge, 2 p.m.

Monday: Double pinochle, 12:30 p.m.; EnhanceFitness, 2 p.m.; and strength training, 4 p.m.; duplicate bridge, 7 p.m.

Tuesday: Walking at Walmart, 9 a.m.; monthly FCCA meeting, 9 a.m.; gentle exercise, 11 a.m.; pitch, 12:30 p.m.; bridge, 1:15 p.m.; yoga, 6 p.m.

Nov. 22: Line dancing, 8:30 a.m. The senior center and transit offices will close at 1 p.m. and remain closed for the Thanksgiving holiday. Services resume at their regular time on Nov. 27. There will be no dance.

Lunch menu

Thursday: Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes & gravy, corn, fruit.

Friday: Seasoned tilapia filet, scalloped potatoes, cauliflower with cheese sauce, pudding.

Monday: Chicken nuggets, macaroni & cheese, baby carrots, fruit.

Tuesday: Roast beef, baked potato with fixins, peas, cookie.

Wednesday: Roast turkey breast, stuffing, mashed potatoes & gravy, green beans, cake.

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