Dealing with the weather
spoils a road trip faster than a weather-related accident,
whether it’s a simple fender-bender, a slide into
a shallow ditch, or a 5-car chain collision on wet
roads. Weather affects driving year around, but its
presence is most severely felt in the winter. So, be prepared:
your vehicle. Get a tune-up and be sure to check
levels in your vehicle. Consider buying snow
chains for the tires, as your travel dictates (Chains
on glare ice, be sure to check with local authorities;
some areas prohibit their use).
for and change burned-out headlights, tail lights and
check tire tread and
wear – minimum tread
is 1/16" for adequate traction. Make sure
brakes are in proper working order, keep spare
washer fluid in
the trunk and make sure the washer blades are in
good working condition.
Prepare a winter emergency
kit for your car(s). Include:
(at least two) or a sleeping bag. Flashlight/lantern and
extra batteries, and road flares. Booster (jumper) cables.Extra
clothing (boots, hats and mittens.) Rope and steel shovel.Bottled
juice, nonperishable high-energy foods such as granola
bars, raisins, crackers, etc. First-aid kit.Tire repair
kit and pump. Ice scraper with snow brush. Cell phone
with its car charger.And a
bag of sand or non-clumping cat litter for traction
if you get stuck in snow.
tuned to weather reports, and allow driving time for bad
Know your vehicle’s
winter weather operating characteristics.
generally handle better than rear-wheel
vehicles on slippery roads because
the weight of the engine is on
the drive wheels,
Keep your windows
clear of snow and ice. Clean
head, tail and brake
gas tank at
the tank before you park for
lengthy periods. This will help prevent
fuel line freeze-up.
Remember, if you need
on your wipers, you need to turn
on your headlights.
slippery before roads, so drive with extreme
time between you and the driver
in front of you. Braking distance
be up to
icy surfaces than
on dry roads.
If your vehicle
is equipped with an Anti-lock Braking System
sure to firmly
depress the brake
on the brakes (do not pump
them). Steer where you want
to go.Gently pump non-ABS
brakes to stop. Take any corrective
to help you
maintain full control of
at your destination with your cell phone number,
you get stranded …
Remain with the vehicle, so
that if nothing else, you
a bright-colored cloth to the car’s antenna, driver
door handle or outside mirror.
the exhaust pipe clear of snow to prevent poisonous
gases from filtering into the
the engine and heater no more than 10 minutes every hour,
leaving a downwind window
slightly open for ventilation.
a flare or turn on a flashlight to let others know you’re
floor mats, seat covers and blankets for added warmth.
you must leave the car during a severe snow storm or
blizzard, tie a line of rope
to yourself and the vehicle to
avoid becoming lost or disoriented.
bottled water in your emergency kit or
eat snow. It will chill you and lower your body temperature.
for rescue are better if you remain calm and
in your vehicle.
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