Car Safety Tips for a Cold NH Winter Written by April McBriarty-Weismann on 1/25/2013 1:37 PM . It has 0 Comments. Car repair shops have been a buzz this week as many NH motorists have been left stranded with the long stretch of cold weather that has descended upon New England. As no one plans to be stranded it is important to be ready in case this happens to you. Typically my emergency plan is a cell phone and a AAA card; however that is not the best plan. What if I can't get a cell signal, my cell phone battery is dead or AAA is so busy with other calls, they can't get to me for hours? With temperatures as low as they have been as of late, I have gone from an inconvenience to an outright emergency. To try and prevent such a crisis, Mark Brown of A-Tech Automotive of Milford, NH suggests that you bring your car in for a check-up. This would include the mechanic checking the anti-freeze, tires, spark plugs and battery. "Batteries need to be checked as they tend to croak in the cold," Brown said. "This is especially true if it is more than four years old." Brown also suggests that you keep the gas tank full in case you get stranded and need to start the car for heat. That said, it is important to to know whether the car's exhaust pipe is blocked. If so, you risk carbon monoxide poisoning. Having your car checked up is one way to reduce your chances of being stranded; however a perfectly tuned car can still slide into a snow bank and be stuck for hours. Because of this it is important to have the right items in your car as well. According to the National Safety Council, you should carry the following items in your trunk: Properly inflated spare tire, wheel wrench and tripod-type jack Shovel Jumper cables Tow and tire chains Bag of salt or cat litter Tool kit Flashlight and batteries Reflective triangles First Aid Kit Blanket, extra socks, hat, mittens Exterior windshield cleaner Ice scraper and snow brush Wooden stick matches in a waterproof container Non-perishable, high energy foods (unsalted canned nuts, dried fruit) In today's fast paced society, we always assume that we will get what we want when we want it, but that is not how Mother Nature rolls. Being stranded can quickly leave you helpless and extremely vulnerable. By taking a few precautions, you may not only avoid being uncomfortably cold, but also may save your life. Drive safely. Spring will be here before we know it!