Winter Weather Preparedness Week: Is Your Car Ready?

By: 23 Storm Team/National Weather Service, Chicago/Romeoville
By: 23 Storm Team/National Weather Service, Chicago/Romeoville

Oftentimes, we'll be forced to travel during some of winter's harshest and most extreme conditions, and unfortunately, sometimes, our cars cannot withstand the extreme cold or snow. So the National Weather Service, along with the Illinois State Police, offer these tips to make sure that your car is ready to face the challenges that winter will pose.

The following, courtesy of the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Chicago/Romeoville...

"Has your car, van, or pickup had a checkup lately? The Illinois State Police remind you that winter is on the way. Now's the time to make sure your car can survive the coming winter weather extremes. Check the tires, brakes, and battery, along with the heating and defrosting system. Change the anti-freeze, if needed, to protect your car's engine and radiator from freezing up in the cold temperatures that will be with us this winter.

Here's a winter driving tip from the Illinois state police. When a winter storm arrives, with all its ice, wind, and blinding snow, here's an important question to ask yourself before braving a drive through the winter storm. Ask if the need to make the trip is a matter of life or death. If the answer is no, don't go! Remember, a blizzard or dangerous winter storm can cause the trip itself to become a life threatening situation."

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