Winter weather awareness: vehicle preparation

By Amy Khuu

October 21, 2013 Updated Oct 22, 2013 at 11:59 AM EST

Binghamton NY (WBNG Binghamton) Sunday, Oct. 20th marked the beginning of Winter Weather Awareness week.

National Weather Service hydrologist, Jim Brewster, advises that people follow up with the weather, tracking storms and temperatures, so not to be surprised by a drastic change in weather.

Winter snow and freezing rain often lead to dangerous conditions on the road.

"We just want to have people aware that winter is coming and we should take some precautions," said Brewster.

The best time to prepare for the winter before snow fall is expected.

"So what you want to do is to take a look at your car and just do a walk around, take the tire pressure, make sure that that's suitable, make sure your tires are in good shape, said Richard Jacobs, AAA President of Southern NY. "Or if you're not sure how to do that, take your car into the mechanic to get it checked.

Other ways to prepare your car for the snow is make a winter storm survival kit for your car with the following items:

-Blanket
-Flashlight (with extra batteries)
-Non-perishable food
-Extra clothing
-Snow brush
-First-aid kit
-Tissues and paper towels for sanitary purposes
-Knife
-Water Container
-Sack of sand or kitty litter (to melt snow)
-A small can and waterproof matches to melt snow for drinking water
-Small shovel

The National Weather Service is promoting Winter Weather Awareness Week through Saturday, October 26.

To find out the daily tips for the week, check out their Facebook.

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