Get ready for winter weather driving in Indiana and Ohio

The long, cold months of winter are upon us. Make sure you and your car are ready to handle it!

Posted: Nov 11, 2019 4:36 PM
Updated: Nov 11, 2019 11:02 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - As the holidays approach, people will be hitting the roads, but you'll want to be prepared to deal with driving in the winter.

Before you even hit the road, Mitch Reinholt, the President of the North Wells Service Center says you want to make sure your car is up to the task.

"Check all of your lights, your battery, your wipers, your horn. Change your oil; make sure all of your fluids are full and make sure your antifreeze is at least 35 below zero," Reinholt said.

If something needs to be changed or repaired, you want to make sure you take it to your mechanic before winter arrives.

A poorly performing car can lead to unsafe driving.

Tires need to be properly inflated as well to provide as much grip and steering capabilities as possible,

Make sure your car is equipped with an emergency kit that includes, blankets, warm clothes, food and water, jumper cables and a first aid kit.

Once you're ready to hit the road, Nichole Thomas with the Indiana Department of Transportation has some information for when you see the plows on the road.

She said "Our yellow trucks are moving slower than normal traffic, they go about 30 to 40 mph when they're dropping salt or clearing snow. So, that might mean that if you get behind one of them, they're going to slow you down."

So use common sense driving skills and make sure to slow down and give yourself plenty of space between you and the vehicles around you, just incase you have to start breaking.

Thomas says if you have to pass a plow, do it on the left because they'll be pushing the snow towards the right.

There are plenty of other simple tips you can use to make sure you and your car are prepared for the winter.

Visit the links below for more information.

National Weather Service

Indiana Department of Homeland Security Winter Weather Preparedness

Centers for Disease Control

Red Cross

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1007681

Reported Deaths: 16470
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion1355212121
Lake664101166
Allen57993801
Hamilton46350465
St. Joseph44397615
Elkhart35949510
Vanderburgh32251480
Tippecanoe27933260
Johnson25107445
Hendricks23897359
Porter22929365
Madison18748409
Clark18557252
Vigo17479303
Monroe15263200
LaPorte15173250
Delaware15073263
Howard14748290
Kosciusko12348148
Hancock11728176
Bartholomew11639180
Warrick11292189
Floyd11108215
Wayne10986253
Grant10082220
Morgan9472176
Boone8926115
Dubois8271131
Henry8229152
Dearborn822393
Noble8031106
Marshall7939135
Cass7546121
Lawrence7457171
Shelby7189119
Jackson698289
Gibson6597115
Harrison649192
Knox6421106
Huntington6395100
DeKalb632399
Montgomery6264111
Miami593398
Putnam581278
Clinton576171
Whitley565755
Steuben562576
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Jefferson511297
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Scott438974
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Wells424888
Clay423360
White418764
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Jennings387361
Posey376644
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Pulaski183757
Crawford159823
Newton158348
Benton150617
Brown146747
Martin138719
Switzerland135011
Warren121116
Union107016
Ohio84613
Unassigned0540

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 1519304

Reported Deaths: 23955
CountyCasesDeaths
Franklin1642651696
Cuyahoga1464072459
Hamilton1053661431
Montgomery740661279
Summit617841111
Lucas56338917
Butler51580718
Stark466811064
Lorain35628585
Warren32836377
Mahoning30787693
Clermont28193330
Lake27063448
Delaware24208164
Licking23939294
Trumbull22885561
Fairfield22395247
Greene22350326
Medina22047313
Clark19863354
Richland18586292
Portage17978252
Wood17454224
Allen16001279
Miami15582306
Muskingum14831185
Columbiana14080274
Wayne13791271
Tuscarawas12724311
Marion11976180
Scioto11469162
Pickaway11373142
Erie10904184
Ross10586203
Lawrence9759153
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Hancock9707155
Belmont9309209
Geauga8965157
Jefferson8567199
Huron8404143
Union819859
Washington8093144
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Athens777779
Knox7739144
Darke7689158
Seneca7372145
Ashland6967130
Auglaize679799
Shelby6530115
Brown636491
Crawford6274130
Defiance6218105
Mercer616493
Fulton602896
Highland600499
Madison594578
Guernsey593071
Logan591096
Clinton583793
Preble5720125
Putnam5335110
Williams529288
Perry518363
Champaign513173
Jackson510273
Ottawa488586
Coshocton484683
Morrow458858
Pike434367
Fayette429263
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Gallia418467
Adams417195
Van Wert372382
Henry365372
Holmes3642125
Hocking356782
Wyandot324662
Carroll302365
Paulding280347
Meigs265851
Monroe216254
Noble200347
Morgan194033
Harrison182146
Vinton166625
Unassigned05
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