PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – We may have dodged the icy weather today but we have another storm coming later this week. Jana Tidwell from AAA Mid-Atlantic offers some advice on making sure you are prepared for the winter weather.
Tidwell says AAA reminds motorists ahead of any winter weather event that’s forecasted to start out with a full tank of gas.READ MORE: 5 Hurt After Single-Car Crash In Cheltenham Township, Police Say
“No one ever plans to get stuck out there on the roadways but you certainly don’t want to be in a situation where you’re rationing gas to keep the car running, keep yourself warm and keep things charged,” Tidwell said.READ MORE: 2 Sent To Hospital After Truck Crashes Into Home, Philadelphia Police Say
The number one thing AAA advises is to have your car battery checked.
“Believe it or not, we’re seeing car batteries fail at a higher rate than usual because of COVID-19. A car that’s been sitting for days and weeks and that’s not been driven the way we do over the past year that doesn’t conserve the battery at all. It actually wears the battery down. Have the battery checked, as well as your tires, wipers, fluids. Make sure your car is winter-ready. We’ve got a lot more winter left to endure,” Tidwell said.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Police Investigating 2 Separate Fatal Hit-And-Runs: 'It Can Get Pretty Chaotic Around Here'
Tidwell says your vehicle emergency kit should have jumper cables, a first-aid kit, ice scraper, flashlight, a de-icer, snacks, blankets, towels, coats and mittens.