We live in an area that experiences harsh winter driving conditions. Winter driving can be dangerous at times but our risk can certainly be reduced by following a few simple steps:
- Install four matching winter tires that are in good condition. All seasons are just not adequate for the amount of snowfall we experience in this region.
- Make sure your cell phone is fully charged before you leave home
- Pack an emergency kit to keep in your trunk. This kit can include items such as:
- A flashlight with extra batteries
- A snow shovel
- Bags of sand or salt
- Blankets and extra warm clothing
- Booster Cables
- First Aid Kit
- An emergency candle and waterproof matches
- Non Perishable Food and Water
- Visibility is key. Clear all windows front, back and side completely.
- Don’t forget the roof!
- Remove any snow and ice from your headlights and taillights so that you can be seen by other vehicles.
- Consider heavy duty wiper blades that are designed to clear windshields of heavier snow and ice buildup
The most important tool we have to protect ourselves with is common sense. If you do have to travel in poor weather, reduce your speed, increase your stopping distance (the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you) and as always, wear your seatbelt.