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MDT officials remind people to prepare for the winter season

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With winter on the way, Montana Department of Transportation officials are reminding people to prepare their vehicles for winter travel and harsher weather conditions.

Before winter gets into full swing, there are a few ways people can get ready.  Eagle Tire Complete Automotive owner Phil Sebastian, says now is the time to get your vehicle checked.

Sebastian says, "Look over your vehicle, make sure your coolant is at the right temperature level and your tires have good tread on them. Check your battery and your wiper blades."

Before it starts snowing heavily, Sebastian says it's better to get the proper tires on early.

Sebastian says, "Snow tires are legal from October 1st until the end of May so it's time to get them put on a couple weeks early and take them off a couple weeks early, if you're concerned about the mileage.  But you don't wanna get caught the first day it snows and have your snow tires in your garage."

If you plan on travelling this winter season, Capital Sports and Western Wear manager Bart Bratlien says it's a good idea to keep a basic winter survival kit in your vehicle.

Bratlien says, "A good flashlight.  A headlamp would probably be the most valuable because if you're charging a tire installing tire chains or anything of that nature, a headlamp is invaluable.  Because inevitably you're going be doing it in the dark."

In addition, Montana Department of Transportation officials say if your find yourself stranded, stay in your car, put on your flashers, call for help, and wait until it arrives.

For more winter preparedness tips, visit www.takewinterbystorm.org.


Story by Charlie Misra, Beartooth NBC.
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