Don't Take Chances On Winter Driving
Winter driving takes being prepared, not going if you don't have to be
, and extra time to reach your destinations. Remember the general rule of don't go if you don't have to, stay with the vehicle if you become stranded, and make sure you and your vehicle are in the best possible shape before you leave.
Before heading in to winter, getting your vehicle winterized can make it all a lot easier. First of all, have your vehicle checked out completely by a professional. You'll not only want your winter tires installed, you'll also want to make sure your vehicle is in the best possible condition mechanically.
Have your brakes checked, get a tune up or have your vehicle examined to make sure it's running at peak performance. Check windshield fluid, and install new windshield wipers if necessary. Making sure your rig is in the best condition can avoid having you stranded with a mechanical condition in very cold conditions.
Take the time to pack an emergency preparedness kit in your truck or other type of out of the way place. This kit should not only include an emergency roadside kit with flares and such but also should include a few winter items as well. At least a gallon of water, flashlights and extra batteries, several bars of chocolate or other energy food item, blankets, and winter boots with insulation.
Most important is to have one of those hand cranking flashlights that you can also charge your cell phone with. Many lives have been saved by gps phone location so make sure you have plenty of cell battery before you leave and a charger of some type in the car.
Speaking of car trouble in winter. It's recommended that your survival rate is higher if you do not leave your vehicle's protection and you'll be easier to find. So stay with the vehicle instead of walking out.
General rule of thumb, is never to go faster in ice and snow than you feel you can control the collision if you start to loose control. This means driving slower and giving yourself extra time to get to your destination.
Winter tires are also a big factor in your ability to navigate winter roads. Buy the best tires you can afford, and you'll immediately notice you have more traction and more control. Often this means two sets of tires for your vehicle, regular season driving tires and a good set of snow tires or even a set of studded tires. Check with your local laws concerning studs.
Before heading out on any winter driving excursion be sure to check the weather. Conditions can change fast but many cell phones today are internet capable and you can check the weather where you're heading on a regular basis to see what road condition may be.
Winter driving takes being prepared, not going if you don't have to be, and extra time to reach your destinations. Remember the general rule of don't go if you don't have to, stay with the vehicle if you become stranded, and make sure you and your vehicle are in the best possible shape before you leave.
by: Adriana Noton
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