Driving safely in winter weather doesn’t have to be hard. The best way to begin this winter season is to be prepared and make a kit for your car and get regular scheduled maintenance done. Visit https://www.statefarm.com/simple-insights/auto-and-vehicles/winter-driving-survival-skills-everyone-needs-to-know for more information on how to better prepare yourself and your car for winter driving. Some of the highlights:
Prepare your vehicle for winter
The best time to get ready for winter is before the first storm of the season.
- Antifreeze and windshield wiper fluid levels
- Battery strength
- Tire pressure and tread life
- Spare tire and jack
Follow winter driving recommendations
- Never warm up your vehicle in a closed garage.
- Keep your gas tank at least half full to prevent gas line freeze-up.
- Don’t use cruise control on icy roads.
- Allow more time for braking when visibility is poor.
Carry emergency supplies
- Small folding shovel
- Jumper cables
- Tire changing tools
- First aid kit
- Tow rope
- Basic tool kit
- Bag of road salt or cat litter to help with traction
- Windshield wiper fluid
Pack a survival kit
- Ice scraper and brush
- Wooden matches
- High-energy, non-perishable food
- Drinking water
- Cell phone charger
- Blankets and warm clothing
Stay calm if stranded
- Pull off the highway, if possible, turn on your hazard lights, and hang a distress flag from an antenna or window.
- Call 911 if you have a phone and describe your location as precisely as possible.
- Remain in your vehicle so help can find you.
- Run your vehicle’s engine and heater about 10 minutes each hour to keep warm. Open a downwind window slightly for ventilation and clear snow from the exhaust pipe to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Exercise a little to maintain body heat, but avoid overexertion and sweating.
- Drink fluids to avoid dehydration.
- Conserve your vehicle’s battery. Use lights, heat, and radio sparingly.
- At night, turn on an inside light when you run the engine so help can see you.