WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - When it comes to car issues and cold weather, experts say prevention is always the best option, and with dangerously cold weather on its way, people like Michelle Maes spent Thursday getting their cars ready for it.

"My car doesn't come with a spare, so I want to make sure that I'm not stuck somewhere on the side of the road with a flat tire and have to be held up. And I just want to be warm," said Maes.

But no matter how prepared you are, cold weather is extremely hard on cars, and Shawn Steward with AAA says it's going to be a busy winter.

"We anticipate rescuing 1,300 or so stranded motorists over the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend, and about 25,000 throughout the winter season," said Steward.

Steward says there are things you can do to minimize your risk of getting stuck at the worst possible time.

First, if your battery looks old, corroded, or your car is struggling to start, it's probably time to replace it.

Steward says it's also important to make sure your tires have plenty of treads – the last thing you want is to slide off the road in the cold.

But, if you do, he says making sure you have an emergency kit will make a huge difference while waiting for help.

"Things like warm blankets and clothes, some extra gloves and hats, if you will. It's good to have some extra drinking water and maybe some snacks in your vehicle, for you and if you're traveling with a pet," said Steward.

As challenging as dealing with bitter cold weather can be, Maes says the most important thing is to be kind – we're all in it together.

"I just hope that everybody finds somewhere warm to be and just stay safe, and be courteous to other drivers," said Maes.

For the full list of safety tips, click here.