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Prepare Your Car For Snow, Ice

Reported by: Send eMail Darrah Wilcox
Web Producer: Darrah Wilcox
Reported: Dec. 9, 2013 5:50 PM EST
Updated: Dec. 10, 2013 8:47 AM EST

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Car Winterizing
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Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia

With the area already receiving several doses of snow, motorists need to check to see whether their vehicles are ready to handle the weather.

Ryan Riedel of Huntington said he follows the typical winterizing tips for his sport utility vehicle.

"Make sure your windshield washer fluid has ice melt in it," he said.

That is not the only tip. Geer Brothers Body Shop estimator Dale Mead showed Eyewitness News how to check tires for a wear indicator. He said if the indicator shows heavy wear, you need new tires.You want to make sure you have enough tread and traction to stop on icy roads.

"Good tires have the tendency to shed water easier, and prevent you from hydroplaning," Mead said.

You also want to make sure your tire pressure is sufficient. Next, check your oil. Keep the gas tank full, and check your battery. Even if you have a truck or SUV, don't be overconfident in icy conditions.

"Ice is ice. A car is a car, and a truck is a truck. They're going to slide no matter what, four-wheel drive or two-wheel drive. It's not going to matter on ice. On slush, it's going to help, but we're not superman. We can get injured and the cars can be wrecked," Mead said.

That is why Riedel plays it safe, even in his big SUV.

"I go much much slower than the speed limit, of course, and you know, further stopping distance," he said.

You may want to keep an emergency kit in the car stocked with a blanket, flashlight, water and possibly food and flares.



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