Winter is here along with the colder temperatures and the inevitable snowy and icy weather. While it is best to stay indoors and off the roads when conditions are hazardous, this is not always possible. To ensure your safety, the following is a list of precautions to be taken while on the roads when the conditions are dangerous.
• Check your washer fluid and make sure it has an anti-freeze agent.
• Check your wiper blades to see that they are working properly.
• Do not let your gas tank drop below a quarter of a tank in case you get caught in a storm.
• Have your battery tested.
• Check your tire pressure.
• Clean your entire vehicle of ice and snow before you head out on the roads. Wipe off the headlights.
• Use your low beams during a storm.
• Do not use cruise control on wet, slick and icy roads.
• Remember that bridges freeze before the roads.
• Do not brake hard and go easy on turns.
• Leave more room than usual between you and the car ahead of you.
• If you skid, ease off of the accelerator and do not break. Steer into the direction the car wants to go. When the vehicle starts to grip the road again, straighten the wheel.
• Keep your mobile phone and charger within your reach.
• Have an emergency car kit with the following items: a flashlight and batteries, matches, towels and blankets, jumper cables, a bag of sand, salt or cat litter, a shovel, ice scraper, flares or warning triangles, non perishable snacks like granola bars, bottled water, a first aid kit, extra coats, gloves and hats, a basic tool kit.
It is important to be prepared and cautious when driving in the winter. It may save your life and the life of others on the road. I am attaching an article on winter driving from AAA.