1) Clean off your car (don’t forget the roof, lights, and hood.)
2) Check the following things periodically
- Ignition system
- Fuel system
- Fluid levels
- Exhaust system
- Wiper blades
- Cooling system
- Tire tread and pressure
3) Keep your gas above half tank-
-Try and keep your gas at full tank to avoid gas line freezing
4) When checking your tires and treads
-Make sure there is 1/8 inch tire tread & that they’re properly inflated.
-A good idea is to get snow tired or chains for traction.
1) Keep the following winter supplies-
- Jumper Cables
- Multiple Blankets
- Snow Shovel & scraper
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Extra Clothing
- High Calorie/non-perishable food (ex: canned nuts, dried fruits, hard candy)
- First aid kit
- Sand or strips of carpet (for traction)
- Tow Rope
- Cell Phone
- A jack, lug wrench, and spare tire
2) Check conditions & weather information before going out
-If the roads are bad, decide if it’s really worth the risk of leaving.
-Only drive when absolutely necessary.
3) Tell someone where you’re going and when your expect to arrive.
4) Brakes – knowing the difference before you drive
-ABS (Automatic breaking system) – If you have this system you should hold the brakes with constant pressure and don’t pump them
-Standard Brakes – If your car isn’t equipped with ABS brakes then you should pump them instead of using constant pressure.
(You’ll find which type you have simply by looking in your driver’s manual.)
- You should always wear it, but make sure you put on a seat belt.
- Reduce your speed
- Speed limit signs are for dry pavement conditions
- Leave plenty of room for stopping
- Brake early, slowly, and smoothly (no sudden stops)
- Leave plenty of room between you and the car ahead of you (8-10 second distance)
- Think ahead while driving. (Slow down early) if you know there’s a big turn ahead
- Don’t use cruise control
- You need control when you lose traction.
1) If you rear wheels skid-
- Take your foot off the gas
- Steer where you want the front wheels to go
-Sliding right – steer right
-Sliding left – steer left
- Either pump or apply constant pressure to your brakes (depending on which type you have)(See earlier in article)
2) If your front wheels skid-
- Take your foot off the gas & shift to neutral, don’t try to steer immediately
- As your wheels skid sideways the car will slow down & traction will return.
- After you gain some traction steer in the direction you want to go in.
- Then shift back into drive or release the clutch, and accelerate gently.
If you get stuck
- Don’t spin your wheels (they will dig deeper)
- Turn your wheels back and forth (to get snow out of your way)
- Accelerate very slowly & gently (ease your way out)
- Use a shovel to move snow away from your tires
- Use the sand or carpet strips to get traction
- Rock the car back and forth (check owners manual before trying this to see if damage would be done to your transmission.
If you become stranded
- Call 911
- Stay in your car and don’t leave unless necessary.
- Only leave if you know where you are
- Make yourself visible
-Light flares in front and in back of your car a safe distance away
- If the exhaust isn’t blocked run the engine in 10 minute intervals for heat. (Watch your gas level though)
- Keep a window open slightly
-Snow and ice could seal your vehicle shut.
- Eat hard candy. This will keep your mouth moist.
- Avoid overexertion (ex: from pushing your car)
If you’re in an accident
- See if anyone’s injured
- Call 911 if necessary
- Move your car off the road if possible
- Drive license number
- Vehicle registration
- Insurance Information
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#4 – I just paid my premium. So now my car is insured and I’m good to go!
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