WINTER DRIVINGBE PREPARED
One of the most important rules for safe driving in the winter is to be prepared. Even if you’re taking precautions, you may still spin out or get stuck in the snow so it’s important to be prepared to handle any situation. Be sure to take supplies on the road in case of an emergency, including the following: 4Charged cell phone 4 Ice scraper, snow brush, flashlight, extra blankets 4Hat, gloves/mitts and extra clothing 4Canned food (and a can opener), energy bars 4 Safety flares or warning lights, waterproof matches 4Medication (if you need it) and a first aid kit 4Paper towels or cloth, reflective vest 4Extra windshield washer fluid and lock de-icer
Some things you may not have thought of include...
Candles, Matches and a Tin Can -
only give you light, but they also raise the temperature inside the cab a few degrees. You can use a tin can as a holder for the candle. Old, Heavy Socks - Socks can be used as mitts, window cleaners, draft blockers, and of course, extra socks for your chilly feet if you need them. Throw a few heavy ones in a box and keep them in the trunk. Kitty Litter - Kitty litter is a great traction aid. Throw a few handfuls under the drive wheels on an icy road to help you get moving. Collapsible Shovel - Many collapsible shovels feature graphite blades and folding or telescoping handles. Some are quite sturdy, as well as being light. Shovels like these aren’t going to move icebergs, but they’ll clear snow from your wheels, so you can get going a little more easily. Lip Balm - Chapped lips are annoying and distracting. Having some lip balm on hand during the winter makes a big difference if you’ve been out in the wind.