“Check your tire pressure, make sure that all of your fluids are topped off, antifreeze, coolant, break fluid, power steering fluid, those kinds of things,” said Bruce, Appalachian Tires.
With snow possibly affecting the roads, mechanics say it’s a good idea to start your car a few minutes early to allow it to warm up and make sure everything is working properly.
Mechanics also advise checking your windshield wipers for rips and making sure you have enough winterized washer fluid.
In case of an emergency officials say it’s a good idea to have an emergency kit in your car in case you get stuck.
“Always a good idea when you are traveling to have some extra snacks, some water, have some things to be able to keep yourself warm, especially if you are going into rural areas. Make sure that your cell phones are charged, things like that and that’s also a good rule of thumb,” said Tiffany Bradbury, Spokesperson for Roanoke City Fire and EMS.
“Maybe get some sand, just in case you get stuck in snow, it’s a good way to get traction for the tires to get out of a ditch or just in case you get stuck,” said Bruce , Appalachian Tires.