Prepare your car for the winter storm heading our way


LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Another big snow storm is heading our way, and part of preparing for it is getting your car ready.

Several problems can occur when driving in the snow, like getting stuck or having your car freeze over, but there are some things you can do to make sure you don't end up in a bind.

First, it's important to make sure your fluid levels are good, then check your tire pressure to make sure all tires are where they should be.

If you can, put a piece of tarp or some plastic over your windshield and shut it into your doors to keep off the snow and ice. If you can't do that, lift your windshield wipers up to prevent them from freezing to the windshield.

If you happen to forget those tips and end up frozen over, you can make a salt water mixture, an alcohol and water mixture, or even use a scraper to remove the ice from your windshield and windows.

If you use a de-icer be careful! These can damage your paint.

No matter what you do, DO NOT pour water onto your car, it will freeze again and become an even bigger problem to deal with.

If snow is on the top of your car, try to scrap or brush as much of it off as you can. In Virginia it's not a crime to drive with snow on your roof, but it can be a hazard to the driver behind you.

A mechanic says driving on the highway with snow on your roof could be deadly to the person behind you...if the snow flies into them, the impact would be similar to a bowling ball flying through their windshield.

It's also important to keep your gas tank full! If you get stuck somewhere, you don't want to run out of gas and lose heat.

You should also keep a blanket in your car for emergency situations.

Once the storm is over, head to the car wash to get all the salt and brine off the sides and underside of your car. These chemicals can cause your car to rust in those places, costing hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

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