Road Safety Tips – Winter Weather
- Keep your gas tank full. Try to have no less than half a tank at all times.
- Make sure your mobile device is fully charged and that you have a charger in the car.
- Check your route and use mapping technology when available. Consider packing a road atlas as well.
- Pack blankets, water, a flashlight, batteries, a shovel, and some food for emergencies.
- Consider carrying a bag of cat litter to help with traction in the case you get stuck.
- Drive cautiously and keep a safe distance from the car in front of you.
- Check your tire pressure and tread depth before traveling. Do not reduce tire pressure in an attempt to improve traction.
- Remember that 4-wheel drive does not mean 4-wheel stop. A 4×4 vehicle will not stop better in icy conditions.
- If you are stuck in a serious storm, do not leave your car. Run the engine periodically, checking to ensure the tailpipe is clear of blockages, and wait for help to arrive.
- Finally and most importantly, always buckle up!
In conclusion, be alert and drive with confidence. Hopefully these safety tips make your holiday season more safe and enjoyable!
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