“Without proper preparation, a trip can turn treacherous, even tragic,” Senator Parker added. “By being prepared for all that Mother Nature has to offer, you can have peace of mind while you’re on the road this holiday season.”
“Whether you do it yourself or have a qualified mechanic do it, make sure you adhere to the four ‘re-’s’ -- repair, replace, refill, and replenish -- to your car’s most important parts,” s/he said.
Ÿ Always maintain at least a half-tank of gas;
Ÿ Make sure the following items are in your trunk: windshield scraper and brush, small shovel, jumper cables, tow chain and a bag of sand or cat litter for traction;
Ÿ Stay aware of changing weather and road conditions by listening to or watching local TV and radio stations. The New York State Thruway Authority also provides road conditions and traffic information through its Highway Advisory Radio Service, available on your car radio at 530-AM, or by calling 1-800-THRUWAY (1-800-847-8929).
Senator Parker recalled the lyrics of a 1970’s rock song to sum up his advice for holiday travelers: