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Tips to prepare your vehicle for winter weather

"The most important thing in winter driving is being able to stop," said Mike Kinney, Manager at Les Schwab.

Posted: Dec. 7, 2018 7:34 PM
Updated: Dec. 7, 2018 7:42 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- It's beginning to look a lot like winter and drivers are getting ready.

"Once I get the studs on, I can go anywhere I want to," said Springfield resident Eric Wagner. "They're kind of hard on the road, but they keep you on the road."

He said he's bringing his truck into the Les Schwab Tire Center on Harlow Road to get a set of studded snow tires put on. He said it's something he does every year and that his preparation is worth it: "I've pulled a few people out of the ditch."

Mike Kinney is the Manager of the Les Schwab and said Wagner is one of many people this week prepping his vehicle for winter.

"The most important thing in winter driving is being able to stop," said Kinney. "You want your tires to work when you need them to work."

Along with having good tread depth on your tires, Kinney said to check the air pressure. He said it can get low when it's cold.

In this weather, your vehicle also takes also little more cranking power to start so check your battery too.

"If you have a battery that's low on cranking power, it could effect your vehicle on whether it will start or not," said Kinney. 

All steps to take before it's winter once more: "Just be really careful because it's slick and nasty," said Wagner.

Studded tires are now legal in Oregon through March 31st. Something else you may need if you're going over any passes this winter is chains.

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