Officials offer preparation tips ahead of possible weekend snow storm
SALISBURY, Md. – When you think about getting your car winter ready you often grab the basic items like having an ice scraper on hand . But officials say there’s more that you need to do to be truly prepared for the weather to come.
“That’s the key thing you have to get ahead of it, “said district engineer James Meredith.
Whether we get a lot, a little, or no snow at all this weekend, officials say it’s critical that you still prepare for the worst, while hoping for the best.
“Whenever anybody hears that there is some bad weather coming it’s a scramble to see what’s wrong and make sure that they prepare for the storm,” said Delaware Tire Centers service manager Allen Cress.
Auto Mechanics say it’s critical that your car is in top shape , which means your tires need to be inflated and have tread. You should also check your battery to prevent your car from breaking down in bad weather conditions.
“When you go through these temperature changes the battery is working much much harder so if there’s any sags in it or if it’s weak at all it’s going to fail on you,” said Cress.
Officials also say you things like a blanket, from and water are key items that you should have in your car just in case you ever find yourself stuck on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck.
“Make sure your phone’s charged or things like that just in case the worst scenario was to happen,” said Meredith.
Maryland highway officials are also hard at work preparing for the possible winter storm pre-treating roads to make them safer for drivers.
“The purpose of that is to try and keep the snow from bonding to the roadway and it helps gives us a little bit of a jump on the storm,” said Meredith.
And of course the best way to avoid getting stuck in the snow or in an accident is to avoid going out at all if you don’t have too. But if you have to be on the roads during the storm be sure to give yourself enough space, stay clear of plows and other drivers and drive slow.