Now that Boston’s got a bit of snow on the ground, it’s finally starting to feel like winter. Although most locals aren’t thrilled about this, there’s no denying the fact that we’re not going to entirely skip the snowy season this year. Since you can’t keep winter from happening, here are some helpful tips to make caring for your car during the cold months a breeze.

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Get Your Car Tuned Up: If you’re due for a tune up or oil change, do it before it gets frigid out. The cold can make existing issues worse such as slow startups, rough idling and dying batteries. And while you’re at it, have your brakes checked and top off your windshield washing fluid

Have Good Tires: Tires are important all year round, but in the cold and ice they are even more important! We all learned from last year’s Deflategate how the cold affects air pressure. Well, that applies to tires, too, as they lose air more quickly. Under inflated tires can be a major safety concern because ________ so make sure you’re within the recommended range and that the treads are still in good shape or your car could be slipping and sliding all over!

Keep a Full Gas Tank: You never want to be driving around on empty but especially not if it’s cold out. Aside from the thought of needing to trek to a nearby gas station in the frigid temperatures, cold weather also causes condensation to form on the inside of your gas tank that can then sink to the bottom and cause major engine damage.

Have a Winter Ready Kit in the Car: Always keep the basics with you such as an ice scraper, small shovel and gloves. You never know when you’ll need it, but when you do, avoid needing to use your frozen hands and soggy sleeves.

If you keep these tips in mind you’ll have an easier time getting from here to there this winter, even if there’s snow on the ground or it’s below zero!