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Getting Prepared for Winter

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Winter officially begins on December 21st however, there's no telling how soon winter weather could be upon us.

Kelli Volk recently looked into a few measures you may want to add to your winter survival checklist.

There's a lot to keep in mind during a North Dakota--especially if your situation is similar to mine.

I grew up in Sherwood.

My whole time living there I did not like the cold.

Once I moved away to Nashville for college, I was relieved to of the winter temperatures and snow.

Now that I'm back, I've got some catching up to do.

So I crafted a winter survival checklist.

The first item on the agenda: winter apparel.

(Jay Gratzek, Minot Tractor Supply Manager)"We've got quite a few people coming in looking for winter goods. Bibs, coveralls, jackets, anything insulated. Hoodie sweatshirts, flannel shirts.

The right accessories are also important for a little added warmth.

(Jay Gratzek, Minot Tractor Supply Manager)"Hats, gloves, and everything to go with it, you bet.

But I quickly learned that wrapping up in winter threads wasn't the only area I needed to consider.

Car care is also important.

One car care professional says it's helpful to have tires, belts, fluids, hoses and brakes checked before winter sets in.

Block heaters are also recommended for the cold winter mornings.

Taking your car in for a tune can prevent problems down the road.

(Sue Kaliher, Tires Plus)"The last thing you want to do is be stranded with a blown tire, or a battery that froze up and you can't start your vehicle. Tow trucks get very busy when it gets very cold and you just want to be as safe as possible out there.

Finally, along with car care comes driving with care.

A Ward County Sheriff's Department official recommends taking your time to reach your destination.

(Laura Forbes, Ward County Sheriff Department)"People need to slow down. The roads are very icy. Even if it shows the speed limit, don't follow the speed limit. You need to go much slower. Because your rate of stopping takes a lot longer that it does on clear roads. Take your time. Leave early.

Like all seasons, winter will eventually pass.

But in the meantime, it may take a little longer for some of us to become acclimated or reaclimmated to the North Dakota winter.

In Minot, Kelli Volk, KX News.

For more tips on how to stay safe this winter, you can visit the North Dakota Department of Transportation's website at www.dot.nd.gov.

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