Winter is fast approaching, and we all know how much of a hassle it is when you’re unprepared. So start preparing as early as now. And start with your vehicle as you will most likely use it during the cold weather.
A statistic from National Weather Service says that about 70% of winter weather-related deaths occur in an automobile. Now, I don’t know about you, but to me, that sounds pretty scary. Here are some safety tips for winter driving.
- Prepare a vehicle repair kit
Your vehicle repair kit should be in your car at all times, no matter what season it is. An emergency roadside vehicle kit is very important when you’re driving. It makes the difference between getting back on the road, or being stuck in an ugly situation that could take a turn for the worse. In this kit you should have jumper cables, emergency car battery jump starters, spare fuses, some extra oil, antifreeze and other vehicle fluids. Of course, it is also important that you keep a floor jack, spare hoses and fan belts, tire pumps, patches, fix-a-flat, power inverter, gas can with extra fuel, shovel, fire extinguisher, tow cable, and spare tire. It is also great to have a cell phone and car charger with you as well as CB radios and Ham radios just in case.
- Never go out without at least half a tank
Going below half-a-tank is just not an option during the winter. If you could, always keep your tank full, or at least half full. You don’t want to get stuck in a snowstorm without enough gas to provide heat inside your vehicle while you wait for rescue, right?
- Bring extra food and water
Always go prepared, you never know when you’ll get stuck. So just in case, make sure to carry extra food and warm water with you. It’s best to bring some high-protein, high-calorie foods that can help you regain extra energy that you will surely need. Bring at least a gallon of water per person when you travel.