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Drivers say they're prepared to drive this winter

Posted at 12:14 AM, Nov 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-20 00:15:19-05

It's that time again...

"I think this winter is going to be a real Buffalo winter," said Jeff Lehrbach, as he took his sedan to get 'winter-ready' at Dunn Tire.

That could mean lots of snow, some slippery roads...

"Traffic jams, people getting acclimated driving their cars in winter weather," said Lehrbach.

So is your car prepared for that kind of weather?

"Usually before I get out of the house I check my car in and out, I check my oil, I check my fluids, everything is fine," said Nabeel Uthman, a taxi driver. 

Uthman said he takes those steps at least once a week, to make sure he and his passengers are safe on the road.

"We have to be extra careful here because the roads are hazardous because it's wet, it's rainy," Uthman said.

Or snowy... a reason why Elizabeth Carey, public affairs manager for AAA in Western and Central New York, is reminding drivers: get your car check-ups sooner than later.

"Now is a good time to check things over," said Carey. "You want to make sure you have decent tires, wouldn't hurt to get your battery checked, and simple things you can do at home, just make sure you have decent windshield wipers and that windshield wiper fluid."

While on the road...

"Always look for any glimmer on the road that shows if there's any ice or not," said Eric Stahl who was driving downtown.

Drivers we spoke to said they're prepared.

"I'm kind of used to it," said Lehrbach. "I mean, you have to kind of embrace it. It does make commuting longer."

"Think about all your motions," said Stahl. "Don't do anything too quickly, that's easily how you can spin out."

Carey wanted to remind them, "If you do happen to skid out, you want to make sure you steer your car in the direction you want to go. Try not to swerve back and forth, that'll just make matters worse."