Big Bear, Ca, January, 3, 2011, 12:00pm – If you have not already done so, now is the time to make sure your vehicle is winter ready.  Make sure your vehicle has antifreeze in it, by checking your radiator fluid level and add antifreeze as needed.  Windsheild Wiper blades should be replaced, if needed.  Adding a winter formula windshield wiper fluid will help deice your windshield.  Make sure your tires are properly inflated and that the tread is in good condition.  Always carry chains.  Make sure your chains or cables are the appropriate size for your tire, and that they are in proper working order.  Chains must be installed on drive wheels, so you need to know if your car is front or rear wheel drive.  Be sure to know how to install your chains or cables on your tires.  Be prepared by having an emergency kit in your vehicle.  The following items may be of use should you find yourself stranded in a snowstorm: a flashlight with extra batteries, blankets, extra clothing, water and snacks, a clean dry towel, ice scraper, and deicer, shovel, and sand or kitty litter, to help your vehicle get traction if you happen to get stuck.  Winter weather is never predictable, so you should always be prepared.