Winterizing Your Car

November 19, 2003 -- Posted at 7:00 p.m.

JONESBORO--Snow, ice, sleet and slush...what do you do if you get stuck in this kind of weather?  Winter weatehr awarness week is a good time to make sure you're prepared.

Wade Rawlins of Home Depot said that they have been busy with requests for flashlights and battery chargers. 
"You never know what's going to happen.  Last year it was pretty bad...just basically do what you can to prevent it from happening and try to think ahead," said Rawlins

By keeping a few simple things in your car, you can help make the best out of a bad situation....Jack Richardson is with the Department of Emergency Managment and said being prepared is the most important thing.

"You should have a first aid kit, a fire exstinguisher and a flashlight, and in winter driving particularly, you need some type of way to increse your mobility, some sand, kitty litter to put under your tires, strap on chains," said Richarchardson.

One of the most important things that people often forget when winterizing your car:  blankets.

Captain Mike Coy of the Arkansas State Police Department said car maintaince can make a difference.

"Keep your car in good mechanical condition. Check the tires, belts, alternators, keep it serviced regularly.  Make sure it's in good running condition.  Fluid levels are proper and you have enough anti-freeze.  Keep plenty of fuel in it in the winter time in case you get stranded somewhere and have to sit there for a while."

And if you get in a bad situation and don't have a cell phone to call for help, keep your flashers on and always tell people the route you'll be going, when you'll be there, so that someone can check on you. 

When traveling over the holidays, be sure to listen to the radio or call the state highway patrol for the latest road conditions....and if it looks bad outside, you're probably safer off in your home.