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Winter vehicle safety

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If you caught our advice piece from (Facebook) or happened upon this article independently you probably have a vested interest in safe driving tips during winter.

Winter travel in the US is an event all unto itself. Many of us are going to see friends and family all over the country. In some areas of the US snow and sleet are rare or nearly never experienced. Some areas live with it almost more often than without. For those of us who are frequently moving throughout the country it varies. The important things to know are: where are you traveling to and are you prepared for that trip?

As I stated in the (Facebook) post, here is a comprehensive list of items we suggest for traveling during the winter season:

-First aid kit (advanced or basic), with any medications you might need

-Flashlight with extra batteries

-Road flares and/or reflective objects (emergency triangle) to express caution to other motorists

-Hand crank emergency radio, with the ability to listen into NOAA weather bands

-Easy calories (meal bar, emergency rations, etc.)

-Water. Water. Water. Even if there is snow on the ground and you can trust it to be clean for consumption you're risking exposure to cold and wet conditions to eat snow, which will require more calories to use and potentially increase your risk of hypothermia.

-Salt, sand, or kitty litter. This will aid traction issues, especially if you pulled off the road during bad weather.

-Warming layers of clothes and extra socks

-Insulated shoes or boots, treated to be water resistant

-Gloves and a hat/beanie/knit cap/etc.

-Back-up battery charger for your cell phone

-Multi-tool or basic tool kit with screwdrivers, wrenches, pliers

Some items that you might need to specifically consider:

-Considerations for small children (formula, diapers, etc.)

-Considerations for our furry friends (extra water and food)

No one “needs” these, but if you live like I do: I’d rather have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.

For those of you who rarely experience snow or have never driven in slick or icy conditions consider these tips:

-When turning or cornering, do not accelerate too much and feel out the braking. If you can feel your vehicle under or over steering, gently counter it and let off the gas or brake.

-If you plan on being in these conditions regularly with a rear wheel drive vehicle, consider placing more weight over the drive tires (such as: putting sandbags in your trunk or in the bed over the wheels)

-Bad weather rolling in? Exit the road or pull to the side.

-Don't drive tired. Get your rest.

-Stay back larger distances from the vehicles in front of you while driving.

Stay safe this winter and keep us in mind if you are looking for a kit or just some items to complete your kit!

For other useful information visit:

https://www.ready.gov/winter-weather

http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/winter-storm


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