Winter is a uniquely hazardous time for drivers because of slippery road conditions, poor visibility, and the dangers of the elements in the event of an accident or breakdown. We see an upturn in certain types of accidents in the collision repair business, but many of the problems drivers have are avoidable.
The biggest thing you can do is prepare. Keep a travel bag in the car, packed with gloves, blankets, clothes, gloves, nonperishable snacks, battery cables, a first aid kit and a flashlight. Make sure your antifreeze is good, and that you have a scraper and broom in the vehicle. Keep your tires inflated and your tank topped off. Charge your cell phone before long trips. Check weather forecasts before you depart.
Adjust your driving habits to icy conditions. Drive more slowly and be gentle with the accelerator and brake. Allow extra stopping distance and more time for your trips.
If you get stuck in the cold, stay with the car. Many more people are injured by the elements when they leave the protection of their vehicles. You’re also more visible and easier to find if you stay with the vehicle. Turn an interior light on at night and do anything else you can think of to make your vehicle to stand out to search crews.
Keep the engine off as much as possible or you risk carbon monoxide poisoning—even when you can’t smell exhaust fumes. Insulate your body with any and all materials available, from carpets to dry leaves stuffed into your garments.
Keep your head about you. If you stay calm, you’re much more likely to stay out of harm’s way.
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