Tom Gilbert, AP Photo/Tulsa World

Old Man Winter has arrived, bringing wintery weather and snowy conditions to the state of Utah.

Being prepared before he takes full control of the next few months can be critical to your and your family's health, safety and budget.

Here are some tips on how to get a leg up on the winter season, courtesy of Deseret News reporter Jasen Lee:

Car: Keep it charged
Tom Gilbert, AP Photo/Tulsa World

Have your car battery checked before winter hits with its full fury to avoid discovering a dead car or becoming stranded.

Store extra batteries for a flashlight and a portable charger for the cell phone in the car for added security.

Car: Keep it filled
Paul Sakuma, Associated Press

During winter, keep the gas tank near full to help avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.

Since temperatures can drop to freezing levels, it's also important to make sure that liquids in the car are filled, such as antifreeze.

It's also important to keep tires maintained in the winter, since with every 10 degree the temperature drops, tires will lose one to two pounds of air.

Car: Keep a kit
Mark DiOrio, Deseret News

Car kits can serve as a life-saver for you or for others you might encounter on the road. Here are some kits worth considering:

>> Tool kit

>> First aid kit

>> Clothes kit containing items such as hats, coats, blankets and gloves

>> Food kit containing items like snacks and water

Car: Additional checklist
Rob Carr, Associated Press

Here are some items you might want to keep in your car during the winter:

>> Shovel
>> Windshield scraper
>> Battery-powered radio
>> Chains or rope
>> Tire chains
>> Canned compressed air with sealant (emergency tire repair)
>> Road salt and sand
>> Booster cables
>> Emergency flares
>> Brightly colored flags; help signs
>> Road maps
>> Compass
>> Waterproof matches and a can (to melt snow for water)
>> Paper towels

This list is provided by the Centers for Disease Control.

Home: Insulate
Superior Insulation, Salt Lake City, Utah

Poor insulation can raise the cost of bills, while the addition of insulation can save the average homeowner between $50 and $100 a year, Lee reports.

Scan windows and doors for a draft, and when found, caulk the inside and the outside of the opening.

Check the weatherstripping for each window and door, as well and replace if necessary.

Homeowners should also insulate any water line that runs along exterior walls so the water supply will be less likely to freeze.

Home: Heating options
Jill Toyoshiba/Kansas City Star/MCT)

Checking to make sure your furnace, fireplace, wood stove or kerosene heaters are working properly is crucial to avoid house fires or carbon monoxide poisoning.

It's also advisable to check the carbon monoxide detector and smoke detector to make sure they're working properly.

Clear the chimneys or flues of buildup, too.

Home: Elderly

According to the CDC, the ability to feel the change in temperature decreases with age, leaving older people more susceptible to cold-caused health problems. Older individuals should place an easy-to-read thermometer in an area of the home where it can be seen easily, and check it frequently to make sure their homes stay at a safe temperature.

Home: Outside
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Checking the inside of the house isn't the only important preparation for winter — checking the outside is also an important part of winter prep.

Homeowners should trim overgrown branches back from the house and electrical wires to prevent branches from causing property damage.

Homeowners should also shut off exterior faucets and ensure that walkways are safe for when snow hits.

Home: Additional checklist
August Miller, Deseret News

Here are some other ideas for winterizing your home:

>> Install storm windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside

>> Service snow-removal equipment

>> Install an easy-to-read outdoor thermometer

This list is provided by the Centers for Disease Control.

Yourself: Budget

Car repairs, home repairs and heating bills can pile up quickly during the winter months. Following a budget year-round can help people be prepared to encounter these costs.