Tips to get your car ready for another Nebraska winter

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Every year, more than a thousand people are killed in vehicle crashes during winter weather conditions, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

And nearly another 100,000 drivers are injured in crashes from snowy conditions.

While you can’t control the weather, you can prepare your car for the conditions. To do this, you can start by checking your cars liquid levels.

“Fluids are a big thing, going underneath your hood, making sure that all your fluids are at an appropriate level,” said Brandon Verbeek, owner of One Shot Auto in Lincoln. “Checking all your lights, too. Lights are very important. If you were to find yourself in a situation where you did break down, you want to make sure that people can still see you.”

Your car’s belts and filters should be checked before the start of any new season.

Verbeek says there’s one thing drivers routinely neglect.

“Make sure your battery is checked; that is one of the biggest things,” he said. “Out here in Nebraska, we do get frigid cold temperatures. When the temperatures start dropping, batteries start dying.”

Another important item to check is your tires.

“Tread is the outside of the tire, which is the part of the tire that touches the road,” Verbeek said. “If your tire is smooth, then your tire is not going to have any traction to get through the snow or gravel. You won’t be able to make the vehicle move forward. If it’s completely smooth, it’s just going to sit there and spin in snowy conditions.”

Also, keep an emergency kit in your car that includes jumper cables, a flashlight, batteries and flares in case you need to draw attention to your vehicle in an emergency.

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