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Auto expert advises preparing vehicles for snow-covered roads

Downtown Columbia is snow-covered on Monday, Dec. 16, 2019.
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Downtown Columbia is snow-covered on Monday, Dec. 16, 2019.


Crews were dispatched to dozens of crashes during the winter storm. As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, Boone County Joint Communications reported 140 vehicle collisions since Sunday. Of those crashes, 74 of them happened Sunday, 52 Monday and 14 Tuesday. 

A to Z Auto Repair said all vehicles can have issues in the snow. 

“Two-wheel drive is when you have two wheels spinning when you apply the gas," A to Z Auto Repair Technician Steven Heinericks said.

He said four-wheel drive is when all four wheels spin.

"Four-wheel drive obviously is going to get you moving better in weather like this but that doesn't necessarily mean it's going to stop you better in weather like this.”

He said checking the tread on tires, having proper tire pressure, good antifreeze, maintaining your vehicle and keeping at least a half a tank of gas in your car is important if planning to travel.

The best way to check the tread is to grab a penny, put that penny in between treads, and face Lincoln's head downward. If you see the top of Lincoln's head it’s time to get new tires.

An emergency kit, blankets and snacks are also good items to keep in vehicles during this time of the year.

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Amber joined the ABC 17 News team as a multimedia journalist in December 2019. She was a student-athlete at Parkland College and Missouri Valley College. She hails from a small town in Illinois.


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