Be Winter Wise!
- January 19, 2016
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Well, it’s finally here. Winter that is. After a mild fall and very mild December, we have been forced to put on our hats and gloves, warm coats, and boots. We had our first measurable snowfall. Thank goodness it was a holiday. While most roads were clear, there was black ice in places, and chain reaction accidents closed some major roads.
It’s time to be Winter Wise!
What do I mean by that?
What I mean is to be prepared for Winter Driving Hazards.
Hazards include: poor visibility, faded road markings, potholes Black Ice, snow, slush, puddles, ice, dirty windshields, and the usual assortment of poor drivers on the road.
1 – Clear all snow and ice off of your vehicle. Make sure all your windows are completely clear. Check that your mirrors and lights are also clear of snow and ice. Many states will now ticket you if you do not clear snow off the roof of your car, as this presents a hazard to you and those following you on the road.
2- Make sure your Wiper Blades are up to the task. Replace old blades with Snow Blades to keep them from freezing up in snowy locations. Inspect and Fill your washer fluid on a regular basis during the winter. You will be using more fluid that usual to keep your windshield clear. Keep a jug of washer fluid in the car.
3- Pack a winter Emergency Kit. Include: Ice Scraper, Shovel, Kitty Litter or sand, blanket, flashlight, jumper cables, water, snacks, gloves, hat, scarf, warm coat, Emergency Flares, Ice mats or tracks, Cell Phone Charger. I list the clothing here as often we don’t have all those items with us on a short trip.
4- Allow more time to get where you are going. Traffic may be moving more slowly or you may need more time to clear off your car before you leave. Allowing more time will help you avoid overdriving the road conditions. Just because you have 4-wheel drive doesn’t mean you should drive the speed limit.
5- Slow Down! You will not be able to stop if you are driving to fast for the conditions. Even a relatively slow speed can result in significant damage to your vehicle if you slide into a guard rail, or skid into a tree.
6- Keep your eyes on the road. Avoid distractions like your cell phone or texting while driving. Many driving hazards will appear unexpectedly. Black Ice, Ice patches, deep puddles, poor lighting, poor markings, and potholes can quickly send you off the road or damage your vehicle leaving you stranded.
7- If the weather makes you uncomfortable or fearful, avoid driving. A fearful driver presents a hazard to themselves and others.
Being Winter Wise is your responsibility.
Planning and preparation for the challenges of Winter Driving will make sure you get to your destination safely.
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