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Travel tip: Prepare your vehicle for winter snow and cold

Shirley McMarlin
Make sure your vehicle is ready for the cold temperatures and snowy roads of winter.

Like it or not, it’s time to prepare for winter driving. The folks at AAA East Central offer these tips to prep your vehicle for cold and snow:

• Have your battery tested if it is more than three years old, to ensure it is strong enough to endure cold weather.

• Replace worn windshield-wiper blades. In harsh climates, buy one-piece, beam-type or rubber-clad “winter” blades to fight snow and ice buildup. Use cold-weather windshield washer solvent.

• Make sure tires have at least 4/32-inch tread depth, as worn tires can affect ability to stop on slick roads. Consider getting snow tires.

• Carry an emergency kit, with sand or cat litter, small shovel, flashlight, ice scraper or snow brush, booster cables, blanket, gloves or mittens, flares or reflective triangles.


Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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