Simple steps to save you money and protect your car during the winter

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Nina Pineda has some suggestions from the experts to make sure your vehicle is winter ready. (WABC)

Now is the time to prep your car for winter.

**Click on video above to find out why cat litter can be critical to have**

Check fluids.
Top off the windshield wiper fluid, and leave an extra container in the trunk.

Also remember to check your oil, so your engine doesn't seize up.

Make sure your windshield wipers are in good shape.
Prevent wiper blades from freezing to the glass by popping them forward when you park.

Check tires.
Make sure all four tires have equal pressure. If the pressure in one is off, controlling the car gets harder especially in snow and ice.

Test car battery.
Car batteries last 3 to 5 years. If your battery is aging (check the battery's date), get it tested twice a year. Ideally you should check your batteries at the beginning of summer and winter when it experiences the most strain. This process only takes a few minutes.

Meteorologist Jeff Smith with a show and tell from AAA on extending the life of your car battery during the winter.

Build an emergency kit in case you get stuck on the side of the road.
Be prepared with essentials like jumper cables, flashlights, blankets, a shovel to help you dig out. Don't forget food like energy bars and make sure you have plenty of water.

Fill a gallon baggie with cat litter to help you get unstuck in snow.
The clay particles give good grip and won't melt.

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