It is time to think about getting your car prepared for the winter season, which can take a toll on your vehicle from cold temperatures to potholes.

In case you breakdown or are stranded, it is important to have an emergency kit in your car during the hazardous winter season.

"A good list of items to keep in your car is a small tool kit, a pair of gloves, a flashlight with good batteries, sand or salt," said Mark McClain, owner of Christian Brothers Automotive in Hixson.

You can also use cat litter to help provide traction on snowy or icy roads.

A set of jumper cables or booster box, whatever you prefer, poncho, and a blanket should be in the emergency kit. Also, flares or reflective cones or triangles, cell phone charger, jack, and maps need to be included.

"In the morning time, if you find that your windshield is frozen over from ice or frost, obviously it is good to have in your car a good handy scraper, but allow yourself a little extra time. Put the car, let it warm up, put it on defrost," McClain recommended.

In addition to the emergency kit, there are things you should have checked on your car to prevent wear and tear from winter.

McClain recommends checking your tire tread and air pressure and getting an oil change before cold temperatures hit. Oil that is too thick can keep your car from starting when its cold.

Make sure you have wintertime windshield wiper fluid that won’t freeze and good wiper blades.

"Check and make sure that your coolant level is at that -40°, so it does not freeze in the block. The same thing, as far as your battery, it puts undue stress on your battery."

No matter how far you plan to travel, experts suggest keeping your gas tank full.

You also hear it all the time in winter weather events, but first responders want to remind you to slow down in snow or ice. That may mean giving yourself extra time to get where you need to go.