Prepping your car for winter weather

Drivers should keep winter supplies in their cars at all times

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Even if you don’t plan to drive a lot this winter, AAA says a small amount of preparation can go a long way to keep you safe on the road.

Even if you don’t drive in the snow, like Linda Bush of Russel, you may still find yourself on slippery roads. “I’m a lousy driver in the snow so I don’t put anyone in jeopardy of having anybody in front of me, or behind me, or on the side of me, because I panic,” she said.

Maintaining at least a half-tank of gas can keep gas lines from freezing.

You also want to check your tires ahead of time, driving on worn down tires can be dangerous. To find out whether you need new tires this winter, you can do the penny trick. All you need to do is take a penny, flip it upside down, and put it in your tires groove with Lincoln’s head facing you, if you can see the top of Lincoln’s head that means you have too little tread.

Timothy Lunney of Springfield told 22News he makes sure to always have an ice scraper. “I park my car under a car port so I don’t have to brush the snow off. If I park in a parking lot I’ve got brushes and scrapers to take care of that,” he said.

An ice scraper can come in handy if your defroster stops working, using the windshield wipers to remove frost can wear down its blades.

Eric Lubarski owns E&G Automotive in Chicopee. He told 22News drivers should check their car’s lights, heating system, and batteries. “Batteries in general, the colder it is the less effective the batteries are. So you need to have a good battery for those really cold below zero mornings,” he said.

MassDOT says drivers should keep winter supplies in their cars at all times. Winter gear can include booster cables, blankets, a flashlight, non-perishable food, and a shovel.

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