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Vehicle inspections help motorists prepare for winter

With the rigors of winter weather right around the corner, officials from AAA descended Friday on a Largo shopping center to offer free vehicle inspections.

"Winter is very tough on cars more than any other time of the year, and it is very dangerous to break down on the side of the road," said Lon Anderson, spokesman for AAA Mid-Atlantic. The event was held in the parking lot of the organization's Largo branch to encourage motorists to prepare their vehicles for the season.

AAA inspectors checked tires and brakes and examined oil pressure and engine belts while doing 40-point inspections on 85 cars. The site was one of 26 checkpoints the group set up during October.

"This is great," said Charlotte Wolfolk, as her 2001 Ford van was inspected. "This is the second vehicle that I brought up here."

Earlier in the day, the District's Departments of Transportation and Public Works conducted a dry run for the upcoming snow season, deploying snow plows and other equipment around the city.

-- Hamil Harris

By Michael Bolden  |  October 30, 2009; 2:48 PM ET
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