Let's face it, winter weather in The Berkshires is no fun, especially when you're dealing with extreme cold like current arctic blast. If you have no where to go, and nothing to do, just stay home. BUT, we all know that just doesn't happen. So keep these tips from AAA Northeast Senior Manager of Traffic Safety, John Paul, in mind this winter.

  • Have your vehicle battery and charging system tested if it's more than three years old.
  • Check coolant level in the overflow tank when the engine is cold. If the level is low, add and 50/50 solution of coolant and water to maintain the necessary antifreeze capability.
  • If your check engine light is on, get it checked out. Driving with a flashing check engine light will permanently damage the engines catalytic convertor.
  • Installing winter tires on all four wheels will provide the best traction for safe driving.
  • Fill your windshield wiper fluid with a winter cleaning solution that has antifreeze components, and replace any wipers that leave streaks or missed spots.
  • Always make sure to keep warm clothes and/or blankets in your car in case you end up stranded
  • Keep a shovel and salt or sand in your vehicle.

Stay safe and stay warm!