FIRST ALERT WEATHER SPECIAL: Get your vehicle winter ready and build the ultimate emergency kit
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
- Windshield washer fluid
- Jumper cables
- First aid kit -
- Tool kit with screwdriver, pliers, adjustable wrench and pocket knife
- Warning triangles/flares
- Reflective vest
- Tire chains
- 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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