BANGOR – It looks and feels like fall outside but some parts of Maine have already seen snow. Car owners are already starting to prepare for the winter.
Drivers were lined up at Bangor’s AAA location Tuesday, making sure their cars are ready for another winter.
“We come in, we check all your lights, we check all your tires, make sure the tire pressure’s correct and then we’ll check all your fluids, your belts, your hoses,” said AAA Northern New England Traffic Safety Specialist Kyle Snyder.
According to a press release from AAA Northern New England, well over 100,000 service calls in 2018 were battery related. The annual care care clinic helps car owners prevent future problems.
“This really lowers the amount of car volume that we’re going to be dealing with because we don’t really have to take care of these folks because they’re already taken care of,”said Snyder.
According to him, a large number of accidents occur each year because people don’t replace their tires.
“What we see is that members will come in, and non-members, and they didn’t know that they had no tread on their tires or they didn’t know that their tires were really low,” said Snyder.
Maine law requires car tires to have a tread depth no less than 2/32 inch, but some professionals believe it’s better to play it safe.
“I recommend that if you’re getting anywhere near 4/32 [inch] or under, you don’t have the optimal traction that you get out of an all-season [tire] let alone a snow [tire,” said Stratham Tire Bangor Store Manager Zachary Ivers.
He says the sooner you make an appointment for your car, the better. Chances are if it already started to snow, garages are already booked up.