Time To Prepare For Winter

plow truck ST. JOHNSBURY - Winter-like weather has hit the Northeast Kingdom early this year. And because of this, the steps to prepare the roads, and our cars, for the icy season is beginning much sooner.

"When it comes early like this, there is a little extra running around," says Gary McGinnis, a senior maintenance worker for VTrans in St. Johnsbury. 

This sudden change in temperature has caught many people in the area by surprise. And it's important for drivers to be aware of the effects the sudden change has on road conditions. This may include getting your vehicle ready a bit early for winter.

"Winter is here. Try to get those tires changed over. Try and get some good studded tires," said McGinnis.

AAA recommends that you equip your car with the following items as you lead into the winter driving season:

• Blankets
• Gloves
• Hats
• Food
• Water
• Any needed medication

They also recommend that you keep your gas tank at least half full throughout the winter season to avoid freezing lines.

And once the season officially begins, it is important to remain cautious and aware of crews that are working to clear the road. VTrans in St. Johnsbury has around 50 trucks that are responsible for over 450 miles of road. Crews do their best to maintain roads as a effectively as possible, and this requires drivers to have patience and respect those working on the roads.

"Give us room. Don't crowd the plow. I know you think it takes us forever to get there, but remember we need room, and we need time to get our job done," says McGinnis.