Winter Driving & Safety Tips
Driving in the dead of winter can be dangerous. If you are unprepared it might be life-threatening.
No one plans on having their vehicle breakdown at any time especially during the brutal cold of winter weather.
Today, probably the most important single item you should have with you would be your hand-held phone. Make sure the batteries are fully charged. Make sure you have a strong signal to make an emergency call if needed. There are still some remote areas where a signal may be unavailable. If you find yourself in a remote area and cannot make an emergency call, then you will find the following list of items to be very valuable.
Here is a good list of items to have with you just in case of an extreme emergency.
- A Shovel
- Windshield scraper and small broom
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Battery powered radio
- Snack food including energy bars
- Raisins and mini candy bars
- Matches and small candles
- Extra hats, socks, and gloves
- First aid kit with pocket knife
- Necessary medications
- Blankets or sleeping bag
- Tow chain or rope
- Road salt, sand, or kitty litter for traction
- Booster cables
- Emergency flares and reflectors
- Fluorescent distress flag and whistle to attract attention
- Cell phone adapter to plug into lighter
A few more things to consider when traveling in adverse conditions such as extreme cold or heavy rains etc. is to make sure you have a full tank of gas, good tires, and good windshield wiper blades. Be sure that all your lights are working properly including brake lights and turn signals.
You can never be too cautious while driving and especially during adverse weather conditions.
Never be in a hurry while driving. Allow ample time to reach your destination. Know your driving route and have an alternative route just in case there are problems.
Don't allow yourself to be distracted while driving. Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of accidents today. Stay focused. Your most important task while driving is to simply drive your vehicle. Everything else is secondary and can wait.
We all agree that it is better to arrive to your destination late than not at all.
Todays driving allows us to accomplish so much more than any of the generations before us. However, with this great privilege comes great responsibility.
If we incorporate good driving habits and prepare ourselves mentally and physically for a possible unfortunate situation, we allow ourselves the best chances to avoid or minimize a serious accident.
This article is not meant to be a complete or absolute list for driving safety. What we want to convey is driving is a very serious privilege that we all enjoy. It should be taken seriously and with the utmost responsibility and respect.
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