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Now is the time to prepare your vehicle, gather emergency supplies before wintry weather hits

SAN ANTONIO – With the potential for a few of the coldest weather in our area in a long time, AAA Texas says now is the time to begin getting ready your car.

Here are some ideas to know before you battle the components and head out onto the roadway this weekend.

Cold weather may be powerful on automotive batteries, so AAA Texas advises individuals get their battery and system checked for optimum efficiency. Also, these reminders:

  • Park in a storage if attainable to decrease a automotive’s publicity to low temperatures

  • Turn off lights, wipers and heater before turning off the engine

  • Unplug automotive chargers

Colder weather can decrease tire stress, so guarantee the tires are correctly inflated. Also examine the tread and don’t overload the car. Also examine your fluid ranges, together with windshield wiper fluid.

Bulky or puffy winter jackets can preserve kids heat, however may harm the efficiency of automotive seats. In a crash, a jacket can compress, creating a spot between the harness and the baby.

“Harness straps should lay flat and snug against the body, and not have any twists or padding,” stated Child Passenger Safety Technician/AAA Texas Public Affairs Specialist Kara Thorp. “Parents should buckle their kids in cars without jackets first, and then cover them with something like a blanket. The seat belt should be snug enough that you can’t pinch any of the strap material at the child’s shoulder.”


Thorp additionally advises that folks:

  • Keep automotive seats inside the dwelling to preserve them heat,.

  • Warm up the automotive before the journey

  • Have kids put on a skinny coat inside the automotive

With a number of massive crashes stranding motorists on roadways for hours already, The Texas Department of Public Safety additionally counsel drivers preserve emergency supplies of their autos. Those embrace:

  • Blankets/sleeping luggage, additional clothes, gloves and a hat.

  • Cell telephone, radio, flashlight and further batteries.

  • First-aid package and pocket knife.

  • High calorie, non-perishable meals and bottled water.

  • Bag of sand or cat litter to present traction for tires.

  • Windshield scraper, software package, booster cables, tow rope and a shovel.

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