Winter is here and as we all know winter transportation can mean coping with ice, snow, and hazardous roads. Road conditions can change in an instant. Before traveling, give cars a winter preparedness exam.
- Check antifreeze
- Check and replace older batteries
- Remember to keep the gas tank near full to avoid freezing water in the fuel line
- Check tires and spare tire for proper inflation
- Make sure automobiles contain the following emergency supplies to handle winter road hazards.
- Bag of sand, road salt or non-clumping cat litter. The bag’s extra weight means better traction, and the contents can be spread under slipping tires.
- Ice scraper
- Jumper cables
- Small shovel (to dig snow away from wheels, or scatter sand on roadway)
- Tire chains (every driver should practice putting them on)
- Flares or reflective triangle to warn other motorists if you break down
- Flashlight and batteries
- 2 liters jug of drinking water
- First aid kit
- Pack supplies in an easy-to-carry emergency backpack in case you need to abandon your car.
- When traveling by car, include emergency food and clothing for each traveler.
Be Prepared and Stay Safe.