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Heading to see snow in Arizona? Check your car out first

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PHOENIX — If you’re thinking about driving up to snowy Northern Arizona, it’s probably a good idea to get your car serviced first, especially if it has some years on it.

“You don’t want to be the guy stuck on the side of the road broken down or stranded in a ditch because you slid off the road with poor tires,” Matt Allen, co-host of KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Bumper to Bumper show, said.

Allen said get your tires checked to make sure they have good tread life, be sure your lights are in working order and you might need to make a stop further north for windshield washer fluid.

“It’s important to get the freeze-protection windshield washer fluid which you can’t even buy in Maricopa County,” he said.

Allen said it’s good to have your battery tested and make sure the radiator has good freeze protection. Once you hit the snow, Allen said take it slow, give yourself plenty of braking distance and be ready for potential road closures, especially if you have kids.

“Have some snacks, some games, a phone charger, stuff to keep them entertained while you’re sitting there,” he said.

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