When the weather outside is frightful or just extremely cold, you and your loved ones want to be prepared. With winter being the most dangerous time to drive, there are some precautions you’ll want to keep in mind before heading out on the road.

Get your car checked out –

Warming up your car and clearing off ice are just a couple of the things you must do to prep your vehicle in extremely cold weather. Before the temperatures completely drop, it’s important to get your car checked by a mechanic. Making sure your vehicle is in good operating condition and getting any problems fixed early on will help to prevent you from many of the winter driving troubles. Some major things to check are the tread on your tires, your lights, defroster, fluid levels and the condition of your battery

Pack your car with emergency supplies –

Winter weather can be unpredictable. No matter the situation, being prepared with emergency supplies can be helpful. If the heat in your car stops working, you should always have a blanket and a pair of warm clothes. You’ll also want to be sure to have ground salt or sand to sprinkle on the ground or your tires, in the event of icy conditions. Other helpful supplies to keep stashed in your vehicle are an ice scraper, shovels, a snack and water.

Practice your winter driving skills –

Checking the weather and following the recommendations of local authorities is ideal when planning to drive in winter conditions. But if it’s necessary for you to head out on the road, there are some winter driving skills to keep in mind. When it comes to braking, you should leave lots of room ahead of you to slow down and remember to always brake slowly. When driving on snow or ice, steering gradually to avoid rapid changes in direction is ideal.

Although there are a number of ways to maintain optimal safety when driving in the winter, if you are doubtful, it is best to stay home. Nothing is worth risking your safety. If you want to start getting ready for winter, check out our blog post, “Properly Preparing Your Home For Colder Weather”.

Sources:

http://seniortravel.about.com/od/transportationoptions/qt/WinterDriving.htm

https://www.travelers.com/resources/auto/safe-driving/winter-driving-safety-tips.aspx

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