For many parts of the country, snow driving season is just beginning. Today I offer some practical tips and advice to insure that you have a safe journey.
1. Before driving in snow or ice, check out the road conditions and plan the optimal snow route. A few minutes of advance planning will help you manage your expectations relative to the time it will take to get to your destination as well as the obstacles you may encounter along the way.
2. Pack a bag with warm clothes, extra socks, boots, water, a flashlight, some energy bars and other items that will get your by in the event you get stuck.
3. If you encounter snow plows, give them plenty of room to work.
4. Watch out for black ice on bridges, ramps and shady areas.
5. Streets and roadways tend to get flooded due to snow melt of excess rainfall Do not attempt to drive through standing water.
6. Do not assume that your local transportation department will have cleared the roads in your immediate neighborhood. Without exception, priority routes are cleared first to accommodate fire, medical and police response vehicles. Typically, transit routes, school bus routes, and roads that are heavily used by commuter traffic are cleared next.
7. If you get stuck, try to stay with your vehicle. (Remember those blankets?)
8. If you must leave your vehicle, make every attempt to move it off of the roadway. Try to parallel park as close to the curb as possible. Abandoned vehicles in the road may get towed so that the road can be cleared. Leave your telephone number on the dashboard and return to your vehicle as soon as practical.
9. Make sure you keep your automobile gas tank topped up, the oil changed, and the tires inflated to the recommended tire pressure. Consider keeping a set of chains in the trunk of the car as well as a couple of bags of sand. The sand will add weight and can also be used to add enough traction to get going if you get stuck in rut. Use studded tires if they are legal in your area.
10. If you are fearful of driving in snowy or icy conditions, stay home. No appointment or social engagement is worth the stress of driving when you are not sure of your ability to handle the inclement weather conditions. Instead of venturing out, grab a cup of cocoa, a juicy novel and sit by the fireplace secure in the fact that you are safe and sound while the crazies our out on the roads driving.
The Final Word
The trip over the mountains and through the woods to Grandma’s House for Thanksgiving is coming up. Have a safe trip!
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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