The DMV and GTSC reminding drivers to be ready for winter conditions

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) are reminding drivers to be prepared for winter conditions. Snow is expected in most of the Capital Region on Friday.

Under state law, snow tires can be used from October 16 through April 30.

“We cannot control the weather, but we can control how prepared we are to drive in winter conditions,” said Mark J.F. Schroeder, DMV Commissioner and GTSC Chair.

Before driving, GTSC recommends:

  • Check tire tread
  • Fill the gas tank
  • Clear/Clean all lights and windows
  • Fill the windshield washer reservoir
  • Remove all snow and ice including on top of the vehicle
  • Ensure the vehicle’s heater and defroster are working properly
  • Make sure the recommended amount of antifreeze is in the radiator
  • Get familiar with a new vehicle before driving in harsh weather condition

When ready to drive:

  • Warm up the car so the defroster clears the windows.
  • Turn on headlights whenever windshield wipers are on. New York State law makes this mandatory.
  • Do not exceed the speed limit and always adjust speed to the road conditions.
  • Leave plenty of room between vehicles.
  • Don’t try to pass or weave in and out of traffic. All drivers must be prepared to react if other drivers start to slide.
  • Do not drive during ice or snowstorms unless it is necessary.
  • When sleet, freezing rain or snow begin to fall, remember that bridges, ramps and overpasses will freeze first. Be aware that slippery spots may remain after snow is removed.

The National Highway Safety Administration suggests keeping these supplies in the vehicle:

  • Snow shovel, broom, and ice scraper
  • Abrasive material such as sand or kitty litter, in case the vehicle gets stuck in the snow
  • Jumper cables, flashlight, and warning devices such as flares and emergency markers
  • Blankets
  • A cell phone with charger, water, food, and any necessary medicine (for longer trips or when driving in lightly populated areas)

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