It's the last full week of October. Hard to believe November is just a few days away. And with that said, we've been preparing our radio station vehicles for the upcoming winter weather season with check-ups, changing and/or topping off engine fluids, new wipers, and even outfitting the vehicles with winter tires.

I can't remember that last time I had winter tires installed on any of my personal vehicles, but I think I'm going to change that thinking this year. I asked several people their thoughts, and while a few said they don't use winter tires, most recommended them.

The fact that I own a van and my home driveway sets at a 45-degree angle, it can be challenging to get my van up and down the driveway when it's covered with snow and even worse when there are patches of ice.

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Vans traditionally are not the best in snow anyway, so I think a set of winter tires will probably be a good idea. Although my neighbors will be disappointed not getting to enjoy watching me make several attempts at getting my van up the driveway and into the carport, which is on level ground.

To prepare my van for winter, so far I've had my engine fluids checked/topped off, new wipers, and even had a heated seat system installed in my van's driver's seat. If you are a passenger in my van, you'll just have to deal with a cold seat for now. Sorry about that.

And speaking of winter, I wonder when we'll see the first flakes come falling down from the sky. The Old Farmer's Almanac reports "Snow North" for the Apalachin Region, which the Binghamton area is a part of, for October 29th through the 31st.

Checking the National Weather Service, that same time period is calling for showers with highs in the mid-50s and lows in the mid-40s. I'll take that prediction over snow, thank you. I'm not ready for snow. How about you?

via National Weather Service, Old Farmer's Almanac

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