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St. Joseph Police Offer Car Preps for Winter Weather

St. Joseph police want to remind drivers of some important winter driving tips, that people don't always think of.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) St. Joseph police want to remind drivers of some important winter driving tips, that people don't always think of.

Tires are an obvious first check.  They should be all season or snow rated for winter use and properly inflated. Most of all, be sure that you replace worn tires before winter weather strikes.

"If you have factory tires on your vehicle check the inside of your driver's door there's a white sticker that has information on it. How you should inflate your front and rear tires because they're not always the same amount," Commander Janice Rothganger said.

One that most people might not think of is exhaust. Have your exhaust system checked for leaks. If you're stuck in deep snow, exhaust leaks could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.

Perhaps no car part is more susceptible to cold weather failure than your battery. Have it checked before cold weather leaves your car dead.

If you are stranded or get in an accident, police have advice for those situations as well.

"Move off the roadway, stay inside your vehicle in case of a chain reaction," Rothganger said.

Police also suggest always having blankets and a flashlight in your car. It's also important to be sure cell phones are close by and fully charged before heading out in winter weather.

The name says it all for this next tip: antifreeze. Top it off and test to ensure it can handle cold temperatures.

And, it's hard to drive safe when you can't see. Check your wiper blades and washer fluid. Worn blades are practically useless against snow and ice.

Last but not least: fuel. During the winter, it's important to always keep your tank above the halfway point. You never know when you could end up stranded and with no fuel, you'll be left out in the cold


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