Tuscarawas County, Ohio - Winter will soon be in full effect in the Tuscarawas Valley, and local safety advocates say now is a good time for drivers to start preparing.
Tuscarawas County Safe Communities Coordinator Kelly Snyder says there are some things that drivers can start doing right now to get themselves and their vehicles ready for winter travel. She says a good place to start is by checking the air pressure in your tires.
“Number one, make sure your tires are properly inflated. Under-inflation can a reduction in tire grip because the tread won’t meet the road surface the way it was designed to, and overinflation can do the same,” she says.
Snyder says now is also a good time to make sure your windshield wipers, battery, and lights are in working order.
“Make sure you can see and be seen. Make sure all your lights in your vehicle are in working order. Check your headlights, your brake lights, your turn signals, your emergency flashers, and your interior lights,” she says. “Make sure those are all working, and if you need to replace any of them, do so.”
Snyder says drivers might also want to consider topping off their tanks before hitting the road.
“Make sure that when you’re going out that you keep your gas tank at least half full. The extra volume will help reduce moisture problems with your fuel system, and it also adds helpful weight to your vehicle,” she explains.
Snyder also suggests drivers stock their vehicles with snow removal tools and emergency supplies.
“Make sure you have some type of abrasive material with you such as kitty litter or sand. In case your vehicle gets stuck you can use this to get some traction. Make sure you have good working jumper cables, flashlights (check those batteries), and warning devices such as flares or emergency markers. Make sure you also have some blankets for protection from the cold. Make sure you have a cell phone with a charger, a charger that works, some water or food. If you’re going on a long trip, make sure you have all the necessary medication you may need.”
Snyder says people may also want to pack some hand warmers or a candle for additional warmth during an emergency situation.
STACEY CARMANY, TUSCO TV