Big Bear, Ca, November 15, 2011, 8:00am – The Big Bear Sheriff’s Station is encouraging all motorists to be prepared for the winter months.  The Sheriff’s Department is advising that motorists not only get their vehicle winter ready, but to also have emergency supplies in your vehicle.  Make sure your brakes, windshield wipers, defroster, heater and exhaust system are in top condition, and check your antifreeze and be ready for colder temperatures.  Other items that you should keep in your car include an ice scraper or commercial de-icer, a handheld broom for brushing snow off your car, a shovel to free your car if it is snowed in, and sand, burlap or kitty litter for traction if your wheels become mired in snow.  Remember to always carry chains when driving in the mountains in the winter months.  Carry gloves for installing chains, and an old towel or blanket to lay on while installing your chains.  It is also a good idea to carry jumper cables, a large flashlight with extra batteries, battery powered radio, highway safety flares, and a windshield ice scraper.  The Big Bear Sheriff’s Station remind everyone to be prepared, be safe and drive slow for winter road conditions.