SOUTH CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) - Friday, December 21st marks the first day of winter and already the Twin Tiers has seen freezing temperatures and even a good amount of snow, and not only is the weather going to get worse, but so are the roads. So if you plan on heading out the door this winter, you're going to want to make sure you're safe behind the wheel. 

"I would recommend making sure that the tires have good tread on them, making sure they're set to the correct tire pressures. I would make sure your wiper blades are in good condition and that they clean the windshield properly. Also, make sure your lights are in working order, especially headlights, keeping them clean, and tail-lights are also important," says Shane Tanner, owner of Tanner's Auto Service. 

When it comes to how much gas you should keep in your tank, Tanner says you should leave between a half of tank to 3 quarters at all times. He also recommends drivers wash their car twice a week. 

"The biggest reason is all the salt on the roads gets onto the bottoms of the vehicles and it will cause the vehicles to rust out maturely. Just washing them keeping the dirt and the salt off will extremely prolong the life of a vehicle," says Tanner. 

Not only is it crucial to make sure the maintenance of your car is up-to-date this winter, but also making sure you have the right essentials inside. The CDC recommends drivers to prepare a winter emergency kit to keep in your car in case you become stranded. Some of the items include, your cell phone, along with a portable charger, food, water, blankets and much more. 

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