A few posts ago we talked about refreshing on your winter driving tips/skills and so we thought we would just go ahead and give the reminder!
We know a lot more long distance driving is going to occur over the holidays and that the winter months are here. So, here are the things we think you should keep in mind:
Be sure your car is winter prepared:
- Test your battery – the power may decrease as the temperature does
- Test your windshield wipers, defrosters and cooling system
- Check your tire pressure as the cold air causes it to lower
- If possible keep your gas tank at half full or above
- Be sure your floor mats are installed properly
- Wipe off exterior cameras/side view mirrors and remove snow/ ice from sensors
Stock your vehicle:
- Snow shovel, ice scraper
- safety absorbent or something like cat litter to help your car regain traction in ice or snow
- Jumper cables
- first aid kit
- cell phone with charger
- non perishable food and bottled water
- any needed medication
- Avoid cruise control
- be aware of your speed — you should accelerate and decelerate slowly
- According to NSC, “Steer in the direction of a skid, so when your wheels regain traction, you don’t have to overcorrect to stay in your lane”
- they also recommend increasing your following distance 8-10 seconds
- As always avoid distractions and risky driving
Lastly, NHTSA wrote what to do if you do find yourself in a winter emergency:
If you are stopped or stalled in wintry weather, follow these safety rules:
- Stay with your car and don’t overexert yourself.
- Put bright markers on the antenna or windows and keep the interior dome light turned on.
- To avoid asphyxiation from carbon monoxide poisoning, don’t run your car for long periods of time with the windows up or in an enclosed space. If you must run your vehicle, clear the exhaust pipe of any snow and run it only sporadically — just long enough to stay warm.
We wish you a safe and happy holiday!
Contact: Glisson Law