As the first real taste of winter rolls through this week, be sure your car is ready for the conditions.

“A lot of the problems we see as the as the cold weather first hits every year are with tires and with your car battery,” said Shawn Steward with AAA Kansas. “Batteries take a lot of stress in our very hot summers. You don’t want to be left out in the cold, literally, this time of year, if your battery isn’t able to start on those early, cold mornings.”

Get your battery tested at your trusted mechanic and have them look at your tires while you’re there.

“As snow and ice starts coming down, you want to make sure that you have adequate tread on your tires,” said Steward. “You want to make sure that those are properly inflated. Tires actually lose
pressure as the temperatures drop, so it’s important to keep up on that throughout the winter.”

Also, have an emergency kit in your car in case you get stranded.

“Make sure, for one thing, that you have your cell phone with a charger,” said Steward. “Then, look at all the things that you might need if you’re stranded for some time. Make sure that you have extra warm clothes, maybe a pair of warm snow boots, some tools that you may need to do some minor repairs. Look at making sure that you have a little bit of food or snacks and some drinking water if you’re stranded for a bit.”

Emergency kits are available in the online store at