Oh I know you're thinking have I taken a couple of minutes and looked outside to our current weather pattern?Yes, I have and I know it's just a matter of time before the other shoe drops. Here are 5 tips to help you get your car and you ready for a CNY Winter.

First: You are not going anywhere if your car won't start in winter. So, have your battery checked first and the charging system as well. I know this seems simple but you'd be surprised how many people get stranded with a bad battery.

Second: Carry a fully charged cell phone just in case. Remember the number one enemy to a cell phone is the cold so carry a charger in the car always. If something happens you have a means to get help if needed.

Third: You're stuck and it looks a lot like ice. Well, make sure one of the things you carry in your cars trunk is a smaller shovel about three feet in length. Anything smaller won't work very well. One thing to carry this winter is a bag of kitty litter. Shovel first then spread kitty litter under the front drive wheels. You'll be surprised how this helps to get you un-stuck.

Fourth: If you are currently running on Summer tires give some serious thought about switching to Winter tires. You'll be glad you did. At the very least check your tire pressure, it goes down in very cold temps. That causes your tires to lose traction. Slow down to a craw and pay no attention to those people behind you honking. The goal is to get there safely and not first.

Fifth: Change to a lighter grade of oil. As the temp drops your oil should get thinner to keep doing its job and lubricating your engine. Most people think because you put oil in the engine then they are good to go. You're only partially right. Your mechanic can steer you in the right direction on what oil is right for your engine.

Sixth: Throw a warm blanket in the trunk of the car and an extra window scrapper in case the main scraper breaks. Depending on the distance to be traveled let someone know where you are going just in case. Oh, and bring snacks.


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