Temperatures are slowly starting to drop, a sign that winter is on its way. The Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts Connecticut will have a higher than average snowfall with uncommon chilly temperatures. 

Right now is the time to get your car ready for the coming winter months. Over 1 million car accidents happen because of the weather, and getting stuck in the snow is probably not on your to-do list for this year. Here are a few things to help you get prepared. 

Winter car inspection

Whether you inspect the car yourself or take it in to a mechanic, check the following items and make sure they are ready for the cold temperatures and snowy weather. 

  • Brakes 
  • Fluids 
  • Tires 
  • Battery 
  • Heater and defroster 
  • Windshield wiper blades 

Think about changing out your regular tires for snow tires. They have a different tread that allows them to maneuver easier over heavy snow, slush and ice. Keep your gas tank at least half full. 

Emergency items

Winter accidents may be a lot scarier on barely driven roads. Have these items in your car for emergencies. 

  • Ice scraper 
  • Extra clothes 
  • Blankets 
  • Emergency flares or reflectors 
  • First-aid kit 
  • Jumper cables 
  • Tow rope or chain 
  • Small tool kit 
  • Rock salt, sand or cat litter 

You might also want to add flashlights and extra cellphone chargers to the list. 

If you are ever by yourself and have a car accident in the snow, see if you can get yourself out. Clear the tailpipe of any snow, remove snow and ice from around the tires and use rock salt or cat litter for traction. If you cannot dislodge your vehicle, call emergency services or a towing company.