Safety For You: Steps to winterizing your car

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – The colder weather has finally arrived and it’s possible this time of year your car could be more likely to break down and that’s why it’s crucial to always be prepared for any situation.

“You want to make sure you get your car winterized,” said Michigan State Police Sergeant Kevin Beasley.

Beasley says winterizing your vehicle is simple and an important step to take to make sure you’re prepared if your car breaks down.

“You want to get your equipment checked out…your fluid levels, check your tires, you want to make sure the tires have the proper inflation pressure,” Beasley stated.

He also suggests keeping a hat, gloves, and an extra coat in your car at all times.

“Basically things inside your vehicle that are going to keep you warm if you need to stay in it for a little bit of time or if you need to get out and walk to a location,” said Beasley.

Flashlights, blankets and even bottled water and non-perishable foods…Beasley says those are all things to consider loading your car with and he says it’s better to do it sooner rather than later to avoid any problems down the road.

“If you put these items in your vehicle and you never use them…no harm, no foul. Winter is coming and as much as sometimes we want to hope it’s not, it’s on its way,” Beasley added.

From jumper cables, to a shovel these are just a few of the things Beasley says might just make your winter a little easier.

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