|Are you ready for winter driving?|
With the arrival of winter to the area, the hazards of winter driving must be taken seriously. There are many simple things that you can do to keep yourself safe and alive.
* Keep your gas tank at least half full. It will prevent moisture condensation and extend your run time should you get stranded.
* Clean all snow and ice off your vehicle before you leave your parking spot. Keep a window scraper and brush in your vehicle.
* Be sure that your vehicle is in good repair. Your brakes, battery, tire tread and inflation, windshield wipers/fluid, exhaust system and cooling system should all be checked.
* Drive defensively and slow down. Rain, snow and ice can decrease traction and cause you to skid.
* If you get stranded, remember that it is usually best to stay with your vehicle until help arrives.
* Have winter equipment available in your vehicle, especially if you will be driving out of town. Things to consider include: Boots, gloves, hat and warm clothes, flashlight, battery booster cables, lightweight shovel, candles or heating cans, high energy /non-perishable food, blanket, matches or lighter, flares or bright cloth to signal help, rope, and cellular phone.
Survival kits are available at transportation for state vehicles checked out for out-of-town travel.
Most importantly, if driving conditions are poor, stay off the roads if at all possible. -- Safety and Environmental Health.