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After That First Snow, Is Your Vehicle Ready Now?

KING OF PRUSSIA PA – No matter how much its arrival was hyped by weather forecasters, the first significant snowfall of the season Saturday (Dec. 9, 2017) caught some western Montgomery County drivers unprepared for the return of winter. Depending on where you live in the area, accumulation ranged between 3 and 5 inches, according to reports. And more is on the way early next week, AccuWeather predicts.

Winter weather can bring unexpected conditions, so the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation urges drivers and owners to ensure their vehicles are ready for ice and snow. If you have done it yet, now’s the time to have a mechanic check brakes, battery, hoses, and belts. Below are some additional tips for getting your vehicle ready for winter. And there are at least seven other items that should receive your attention, it said:

  • Check that your fluid levels are full.
  • Make sure your wipers don’t streak. You may want to consider installing winter wiper blades.
  • Ensure your heater and defroster are working properly.
  • Check that your vehicle’s radio is working properly so you can receive weather and traffic reports.
  • Make sure all lights are working.
  • Check to be sure tires are properly inflated and have sufficient tread depth.
  • If you live in an area prone to heavy snow, you may want to use dedicated snow tires on your vehicle or carry a set of tire chains. At a minimum, your all-weather tires should be mud and snow rated.

Photo (top) from Twitter; graphic from PennDOT

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