Preparations for Winter

snowtireLYNDON - Prepping for winter weather includes more than just buying a new coat and a pair of mittens, it means preparing your car for the season.  There are many steps that you can take to ensure that your vehicle is ready for winter conditions.


Despite the fact that snow has yet to fall, the Vermont State Police and the Department of Motor Vehicles say that now is the time to make an appointment to switch tires while the roads are still clear.

Owner of Greg’s Auto Repair in Lyndonville, Greg Gervais, claims this will help keep people safe and limit panic when the snow does fall. “It’s better to do it now than when the first snow fall gets here, and everyone is slipping and sliding all over the place and panicking about the stop and go driving.”

According to Edmunds, prices can range from $150 to $190 per snow tire, not including the cost of labor. The Vermont DMV acknowledges that snow tires can be pricey but says, “If they save you from a crash even once, (they) may be well worth it.”  For those who may not have the money for brand new snow tires, experts say that used snow tires can still get the job done, just at a lower price tag.  

While snow tires may be the most obvious way to prepare your car for winter, making sure that your car has been tuned up is important as well.  To help drivers embrace the winter weather, The American Automobile Association is offering a free car care clinic in Montpelier at 384 River St from 9am to 2:30pm on October 30th.  They will provide free maintenance inspections of each car inspecting and checking all fluid levels, lights, hoses, tires, and windshield wipers. Their Mobile Battery Service will also be on site to check vehicles batteries and if need be, sell new batteries for the cars that need new ones.They have also created a checklist urging drivers to prepare items such as their car’s battery, windshield wipers, exhaust system, and lights.

Drivers should remember that having an emergency kit and an extra bottle of winter washer fluid kept in the car is always a good idea. AAA also reminds drivers that windshield wipers should be changed twice a year to ensure better performance and safety.