Don't let winter weather get the best of you

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Though the shelves for bread and milk may start running low into the winter season, there's one item you don't want to run low in a winter storm, your car engine.

As winter makes its final approach, cold temperatures and snow are becoming more prevalent across our region and causing havoc on our engines. Cold temperatures cause objects to become tighter and your car engine is not excluded. Cold temperatures make it more easy for your car engine to stall leaving you stranded. Becoming stranded may leave you frozen in your car, subjective to frostbite or even hypothermia.

However, there are ways to reduce your chance of stalling out by keeping your car well maintained. Your car battery is one of the most vital elements as it provides the zap of electricity to spark your engine, so make sure you have a well-charged battery before you hit the road

The National Weather Service also recommends that before this winter season, you do a checkup on all your fluid levels including windshield washer, oil, power steering, and brake fluid.

But what if you follow all the recommendations and you still end up stalled out?

There are some items you may want to throw in the back of your car before you hit the road.

You will want to have a winter storm survival kit in the back of your car. Some items that The National Weather Service recommends you pack include:
1. Jumper Cables
2. First Aid kit
3. Flares
4. Full Gas Tank
5. Bag of sand or kitty litter (to put under a stuck tire)
6. Shovel. ice scraper, and or snow brush
7. Warm Clothes and blankets
8. Flashlight
9. Water and snacks
10. Tow Rope

Most importantly let someone know where you are going or if inclement weather hits, just stay indoors and wait it out. Don't let the weather get the best of you, know your weather before it knows you by staying up to date with your latest local forecast.

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