'People are unprepared:' Drivers encouraged to prep for winter weather as snow arrives on Halloween

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- While you were driving Tuesday morning, you may have come across slick roads and crashes.

The first snow tends to catch some drivers - even the most seasoned motorists - off guard.

The Halloween snow may be leaving us after Tuesday, but it's a good reminder to make sure your car is ready for what winter will have in store.

"Definitely people are unprepared," said John Ewert, with Road America. "They're used to their regular schedules. They're used to their regular routines."

But summer is over, routines are changing and while Halloween morning gave us a taste of winter weather, it's a good time to make a plan to prep your vehicle for the months ahead.

"The same as we get ready for work the next day, make sure your vehicle is ready for work the next day based on the impending weather conditions," said Ewert.

Local auto shops are servicing vehicles ahead of more consistent winter weather. At Riverside Automotive in Milwaukee, many customers started coming in for winter car preps back in September.

"The first thing, I would have them check their battery," said Peter Bilgo, owner of Riverside Automotive. "Make sure the terminal lens are clean and tight. If the battery is five years old, you want to replace it."

Next on the list, check your fluid levels, lights and windshield wipers to ensure they are working properly.

"Tires are very important. You should check your PSI. Make sure it's set to the proper inflation rate. Check your tire tread depth. If it's 5/32 or less, you might want to think about replacing your tires."

Once your car is good to go, Bilgo says you may also want to check your driving habits. Remember that winter driving requires a little more focus.

"Slow down. When weather conditions are inclement, icy roads, make sure that you slow down."

And lastly, it might be a good idea to prep an emergency kit to keep in your car with blankets and water bottles in case you get stranded.

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