Freeze Ice Cream Not Your Car
Dropping temperatures can affect the mechanical components of your car. Being stranded on the side of the road in the summer is not a big deal like it is in the winter.
Take your car to a trusted mechanic to check the following:
-Engine belts and hoses
-Spark plug wires
-Cooling system and anti-freeze
No Secrets in the Trunk
What should be not so secret in your secret compartment? Be sure to have on hand a flashlight, shovel, snow brush and/or ice scraper, blankets, and food in your glove box and/or trunk of your car. Keeping your cell phone charged is a good idea, but be aware that you may not always have cell service in the region you break down in.
Keep Time on Your Side
Remember, it takes longer to stop on snow and ice. Plain and simple. Allow yourself twice the distance to stop and slowly press on the brakes. A sudden stomp on the brakes can easily send your car sliding in the wrong direction. Aim to always slow down because on slick surfaces slowing down is safer than trying to just stop. To watch proper steering, braking, and acceleration in winter conditions watch: Snow Going.
Plan accordingly for travel time per the weather. Also, let others know your route and when they can expect you. Try to get as much sleep as you can before a long drive, if at all possible rotate drivers if you become tired.
Gas Up Before You Go
To avoid gas lines freezing, it is encouraged to keep the gas tank at least half full or half empty; however, you want to look at it according to AAA.
4×4 Caution not Confidence
Often times when we drive our sturdy 4×4 vehicles we can become overconfident in the high speed we can travel on snow and ice. A four-wheel drive vehicle will not help you stop any quicker. Many times due to the increased size of a 4×4 vehicle it can take longer to stop the vehicle. Just slow it down.
If you are involved in an accident first check to see if anyone is injured. Call 911 and request an ambulance if necessary. If possible, move vehicles to side of the road.
Exchange your name, address, driver’s license number, vehicle registration, and insurance information with all the drivers involved.
The National Safety Council and the University of Iowa created MyCarDoesWhat campaign to help drivers learn the basics of winter driving. Know more. Drive Safer. A worthy endeavor as Old Man Winter settles in for a stay.