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

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - 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.

Closeup of car tires in winter morning

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

BATTERY

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.

TIRES

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.

CAR KITS

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

Source: wisconsin.aaa.com

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