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AAA urges travelers to prepare now for weekend snow

January 17, 2019 11:19 PM

The best thing to do on Sunday is stay off the roads. However, some people have to travel or go to work. There are steps you can take to make sure you stay safe.

Since October until now, AAA says in the Capital Region they've gotten 20,000 tow calls and they're ready for that number to go up this weekend. They say they've heard from insurance companies who are also preparing.

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Here's how you can prepare your car so you're as safe as you can be on the roadway:

  • Fill your washer fluid so it's ready to go.
  • Check your tire pressure and if the tires don't have good tread, then you won't want to take them out in this kind of storm -- but checking the pressure now means that warning light won't come on when the cold air hits.
  • Also, fill up on gas. If you do get stuck while you're out. Your car is your heat source. Pack your car now with a safety kit. You'll want to have a blanket, coats, gloves, first aid kit, water and batteries.

Chances are with an influx of calls, AAA won't be right around the corner to save you.

Michael Sweeney with AAA says if people are on the road, it's not driving that's the problem – it's the stopping. He says even if you have four-wheel drive, that doesn't mean you'll stop any better than someone who doesn't. It's all about the grip your tires have on the roadway. So even if you think you're equipped to handle the snow, think twice before heading out.

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Emily DeVito

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