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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

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