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Important tips for winter driving

Important tips for winter driving

No one likes the unpredictability of sudden changes in elements (and other engines for that matter). But still, winter is coming. Along with winter weather comes perhaps the worst part: winter driving. No one looks forward to driving in freezing temperatures, but the following tips will help keep you safe and warm this season.

But there are ways to prepare now for winter driving. And since preparedness is perhaps the best defense against unpredictable circumstances, it’s never too early to think about the icy days ahead.

First, be aware of the weather. This can be as simple as always knowing the forecast for your travels. There are weather monitoring websites and programs that provide detailed street-level weather information that can provide enough information to change your plans and keep you safe. Plan accordingly, always knowing what’s ahead.

Second, prepare your vehicle. Take your radiator in for repair at this time of year. Be sure to check your antifreeze levels and have plenty of winter wiper fluid ready to fire up. Other car preparations include: checking brakes, brake fluid, tire pressure, tread, heater, battery and defroster. Making sure your car is in good shape can save you a cold winter night waiting for service on the side of the road.

There are a few other items that should be in your car at all times in case of an emergency. Such items include: warm clothing including heavy boots, thick socks, a winter hat, gloves and extra clothing, a blanket or sleeping bag, a first aid kit, emergency energy food such as muesli, a working flashlight with extra batteries, a candle and waterproof matches, travel flares, booster cables, sand or salt or cat litter, an ice scraper, a small shovel, a phone list of emergency contacts, including doctors and towing companies, and your personal cell phone and battery charger.

Finally, never let your tank get more than half empty. In very cold weather, ice can build up in the tank and in the fuel lines. Keeping a full tank is better this time of year.

Winter driving can be intimidating, but with an awareness of the conditions and a little car preparation, we’ll get through all the ice, snow, sand and salt ahead and head into another beautiful spring that awaits us on the other side.

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