Essential Winter Driving Tips That Could Save Lives (Pt. 2)
November 19, 2014
Resuming Essential Winter Driving Tips That Could Save Lives (Pt. 1), here, we will point out some more important winter driving tips to keep in mind as you hit the roads this winter season.
Winter Driving Tips for Longer Road Trips
If you will be taking a longer road trip this winter (because, for instance, you’ll be driving to be with family over the holidays), here are some essential winter driving tips that can help keep you and your family safe on icy roads:
Check the weather ahead of time – When you are heading off on a long road trip during the winter, checking the weather can help you plan the best route for your journey, as it can help you minimize the poor weather and road conditions you may end up facing.
Here, it’s important to note that, if the weather conditions are especially poor for any part of the road trip, you may want to consider putting off your trip or using an alternative method of transportation.
- Fill your gas tank at least half-way full – While you drive, be sure to keep an attentive eye on the gas gauge, and be diligent about stopping when the needle falls below the half-way mark. Being conscientious about keeping at least a half tank of gas in your vehicle when you are taking longer winter road trips can be critical to avoiding gas line freeze ups and to helping you get to your destination safely.
- Be prepared in the event your vehicle breaks down – Regardless of how much you plan for longer winter road trips, you can’t control everything, and you may end up stuck on the side of the road waiting for help. So, make sure that you are prepared in this case by putting together a basic winter kit for your car.While you can, of course, put whatever you would like to in this winter kit, some of the more important things to include in it are:
- Items to keep you warm, such as blankets, hats, gloves, jackets and socks
- Items to help you get help ASAP, such as an extra cellphone, cellphone batteries and/or cellphone chargers
- Items to alert other motorists to your presence on the side of the road, such as flares or small cones
- Items to keep you nourished and entertained if you end up having to wait for hours for help, such as non-perishable foods, water, a radio, a magazine, etc.
For some final essential winter driving tips, don’t miss the upcoming conclusion to this blog series!
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