FIRST ALERT WEATHER SPECIAL: Get your vehicle winter ready and build the ultimate emergency kit

Closeup of car tires in winter morning
Closeup of car tires in winter morning(WEAU)
Published: Nov. 12, 2019 at 6:18 AM CST
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We're dealing with sub-zero wind chills and below-normal temperatures for the middle of November. It's probably a good idea to get your vehicle ready for a long winter.

Here's a checklist of winter car care items from AAA:


At zero degrees, a car battery has 35 percent less starting power, according to AAA. Batteries that are 3 to 5 years old have a lower starting power in the cold.


Make sure your tires are properly inflated. Tire pressure decreases by 1 PSI for every 10 degrees.

Replace tires that have less than 3/32 of an inch of tread. You can hold a penny or quarter in the tread, with the president's head facing down; if you can see the top of the president's head, it's time to replace that tire.


AAA recommends keeping an emergency kit in your vehicle:

  • Snow brush/ice scraper
  • Warm clothing, such as mittens/gloves, hats, socks, winter boots
  • Blankets or sleeping bag
  • Non-perishable food, such as granola bars, protein bars, jerky, dried fruit, nuts
  • Drinking water
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Flashlight
  • Windshield washer fluid
  • Jumper cables
  • First aid kit
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  • Tool kit with screwdriver, pliers, adjustable wrench and pocket knife
  • Warning triangles/flares
  • Reflective vest
  • Shovel
  • Tire chains
  • Rope
  • Kitty litter or sand for traction
  • Properly inflated spare tire and tools, including wheel wrench, tripod jack and tire pressure gauge
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Emergency contact phone numbers
  • Phone number of your insurance provider


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