At this time last year, many West Virginians had already been slammed with feet of snow thanks to Superstorm Sandy. And while there's been no huge storm so far this year, snow's not far off, and AAA said now is the time to get your car ready for driving in the winter.
"This is a great time to do it. We're experiencing a few days of mild weather right now. You don't want to wait for the first heavy snow to come before you choose to make those changes to your vehicle," said AAA Region President Wayne Northey.
Northey said one easy item to check is your car battery. Making sure it's charged can be a help to avoid any problems while you're out on the road. And it's not the only easy thing to check off the list.
"The most important thing is to make sure you have the proper tire tread and proper air in your tires. A good off season or a good snow tire is the first thing, and then you want to make sure your antifreeze is good so the system doesn't freeze up on you," said Brian Rokisky of Rokisky's Exxon.
Making sure your car is in good shape is important, but Northey also said there are a few items to have in the car that can make a big difference, too, including something as common as a cell phone.
"Nowadays, practically everybody has one, and that's a great safety tool if you would happen to have problems during the winter driving season. Carrying a blanket in the car is a good idea," Nothey said.
Many of these repairs aren't just good for the season, they can extend the life of your car any time. And when it comes to keeping your car going, Rokisky said an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of repairs.
"Preventative maintenance is the key. If someone tells you your brakes are close, it's good to go ahead and replaced them, because then you could end up tearing your rotors up, and then it costs double the money to repair them. Tires, if they blow out, you can do a lot more damage than just blowing your tire out, you can damage your car, you can wreck," Rokisky said.