The chill is in the air, and the snow is on the ground.

We want to make sure that you aren't stuck in the snow, with a car that won't start this winter season, and that all starts with your car battery.

"It is really important to keep your battery fully charged and well maintained. If it isn't fully charged it can freeze, which means it will not start your vehicles. Batteries actually tend to die or get damaged in the heat of summer, and you don't really realize it until the winter," explained Owner of the Drumheller Canadian Tire, Chad Murray. "It is a good idea to test them and make sure the battery is in good shape coming into winter, so when you actually get that cold weather, you can actually start the vehicle."

You can get your vehicle tested at any automotive shop to make sure your car is in the proper shape for when the cold Alberta winter hits.

"You can also get battery warmers. You can actually get a warmer that wraps around your battery and you can plug that in as well. And that can keep your battery from freezing if it at a lower charge level," continued Murray.

He goes on to say that taking your car for a drive will also help this issue.

"What a lot of people don't realize is, especially if you're just doing a lot of short driving in town. It actually doesn't give your alternator enough time to actually charge your battery up. So you will slowly deplete the level of your battery. So it is actually healthy for your battery to go for a longer drive, and have your alternator charge it up," advised Murray.

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