Winter Driving Tips
Before You Leave:
1. Winterize your car to keep it in top operating condition. This will also improve safety and fuel economy.
2. Keep your gasoline tank as full as possible, wiper blades and defroster in good working order.
3. Carry a fully charged cell phone.
4. Use major roads for your travel. Let someone know the route you are taking and when you plan to arrive.
5. A winter survival kit is a must! Remember to leave a window slightly open if you use your car’s own heater as a heat source. Carbon monoxide poisoning can happen without the victim even being aware of it, until it is too late.
Winter Survival Kit Checklist:
Sleeping bags, or several heavy blankets (wool),Coffee can with candles for heat, Coffee can with lid for sanitary needs, Wool hats, gloves, socks and warm shoes, First Aid Kit with pocket knife, Large box of facial tissues, Flashlight with extra batteries, Shovel, Canned nuts, dried fruit and hard candy, Weather radio and/or radio with extra batteries, Small sack of sand or set of chains for tires, Flares
Picture you and/or your family trapped in a car during a winter storm. If you can think of anything else you would want in your car with you (i.e., a deck of playing cards, diapers, etc.), add them to your kit.
Hypothermia Can Kill:
When the body begins to lose heat faster than it can produce it, a condition called hypothermia begins to develop. The symptoms become very apparent and include those listed below.
Uncontrollable shivering Vague, slow, slurred speech
Memory lapses, incoherence Immobile, fumbling hands
Apparent exhaustion, inability to get up after a rest Frequent stumbling
Protect Yourself and Your Family:
· Check the latest forecasts and road conditions before you start your travel. Do not travel unless absolutely necessary in bad weather.
· Dress for the outdoor conditions, not for the warmth of the car.
· Reduce your speed when traveling in winter weather.
· If you become stranded in winter weather, stay with your vehicle and don’t try to walk to safety.
· If stranded, run the motor for about 10 minutes each hour for heat. Open a window slightly for fresh air. Make sure the exhaust pipe is not blocked.
· If stranded, tie a colored cloth (preferably red) to the antenna and turn on the dome light at night when the motor is running. This will make your vehicle more visible to rescuers.
· If stranded, don’t let all occupants sleep at the same time. Exercise and stretch as best you can.