Preparing Your Car for the Holiday Drive

RENO, NV -- As the holiday season begins, more people are going be driving over the Sierra to visit loved ones. However, just because we haven't seen much white stuff yet, it doesn't mean you shouldn't be prepared. Experts give us some reminders about what you should have in your vehicle right now.

It can be dangerous, especially with pending bad weather conditions for the road. Being prepared now can save you money and a large headache, and get you home safely for the holidays.

"The biggest thing is just how quickly the weather can change," Brett Shore, manager of Les Schwab, said. "There's no forecasting that and being prepared is one of the biggest things."

That is true, especially in the Sierra where weather conditions are fickle. That's why tire stores like Les Schwab are asking people to take preventative measures.

"The easiest thing is just coming in for an inspection."

Shores says one of the biggest concerns people have are their tires.

"A Siper is a machine that actually slices the tire and gives you added traction for increment weather."

A lot of times people put off changing them until the last minute, sometimes when it's too late.

"People will go over the pass when things are good but when they want to come home is when the storm hits."

It's important to have the right tires and an emergency safety kit, just in case the worst comes.

"There's a lot of options when it comes to traction and the biggest thing with any customer, even in the summertime, is when you match up your needs to the proper tire and you're going to be very happy and safe," he added.

Jason Smith drives trucks for a living and says he has to make the trip over the pass frequently under all conditions, so he's prepared for anything.

"Just because you have a four-wheel drive, doesn't mean you'll stop just as fast as other cars," Smith said. "Bring granola bars, water and chains, you might get stuck up there for quite some time."

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