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Winter weather driving tips for Valley residents

PHOENIX -- What's supposed to be a spontaneous, fun trip to Flagstaff or anywhere else in northern Arizona could turn out to be a nightmare for those unprepared to drive in winter weather conditions.

KTAR Car Guy Matt Allen said people will visit his shop after a trip with damage to their vehicle's suspension or body damage after they've slid off the road. Many times, the accident could have been avoided.

"We've seen people put chains on and they don't do it right," Allen said. "If that chain comes loose and it starts whipping around, you're going to destroy the side of the car or the undercarriage, potentially."

He offered some tips that might seem like no-brainers, but he said people always seem to forget them.

• Have a plan and let others know the destination

• Practice putting on tire chains before hitting the road

• Check fluid levels and tires

• Check battery, hoses, belts

• Make sure the car has windshield wiper fluid that won't freeze

• Stay on main roads and obey road closures

• Drive slower and accelerate slower

• Don't use cruise control

• Use headlights

About the Author

Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.


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