ANCHOR LEAD: Unless you’re travelling by sleigh, chances are you’re hitting the road by car to visit family and friends this holiday season. But as Bobbi Owens found out, there’s more to preparing your car for winter travel than putting on snow tires. (:58)
SCRIPT: Zero to Sixty, I’m Bobbi Owens. Even though gas prices are up, more than 40-million people are expected to travel by car this Thanksgiving. So if you’re taking a road trip, especially during the winter months, it’s important to make sure your vehicle is road ready and safe. James Bell is GM’s Head of Consumer Affairs. James, what should drivers check before taking a long car trip?
CUT: (Bell) First off is the tires. Good idea to check the owners manual, see what the correct tire pressure needs to be for your car as recommended by the manufacturer. Also you want to check the thread depth. If these tires are not up to snuff, are not able to do their job especially as you’re going into wet or potentially icy conditions, you want to make sure they’re right.
SCRIPT: What else should drivers check?
CUT: (Bell) The battery. Look at the terminals, if they seem corroded and neglected, get into a GM certified dealer and have them look at those posts. Have the battery itself tested. Make sure it‘s putting out enough cranking power because as the weather gets cold, the battery needs to put out more juice.
SCRIPT: For more winter driving tips, visit GM-dot-com. That’s Zero to Sixty from General Motors. I’m Bobbi Owens.
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