Winter Driving Tips

Winter Driving Tips SeniorsCAREGIVERS AMERICA WINTER DRIVING  TIPS:

Prepare your car for winter. Start with a checkup that includes:

  • Checking the ignition, brakes, wiring, hoses and fan belts.
  • Checking the air, fuel and emission filters, and the PCV valve.
  • Checking the battery.
  • Checking the tires for air, sidewall wear and tread depth.
  • Checking antifreeze levels.
  • Equip your car with Winter/Snow Tires for improved traction.

Necessary Equipment:
An emergency situation on the road can arise at any time and you must be prepared, so be sure to carry the items listed below on your trunk:

  • Properly inflated spare tire, wheel wrench,  and tripod-type jack
  • Shovel
  • Jumper cables
  • Bag of salt or Kitty litter
  • Tool kit

Essential Supplies
Be prepared with a “survival kit” that should always remain in the car. Replenish after use. Essential supplies include:

  • Working flashlight and extra batteries
  • Warm Blankets…preferably woolen.
  • Reflective triangles and brightly-colored cloth
  • First aid kit
  • Windshield washer fluid
  • Ice scraper/snow brush
  • Sand bags placed over each wheel in trunk for added weight/improved traction
  • Wooden stick matches in a waterproof container
  • Non-perishable, high-energy foods like unsalted canned nuts, dried fruits, and hard candy.

If You Become Stranded…

  • Do not leave your car unless you know exactly where you are, how far it is to possible help, and are certain you will improve your situation.
  • To attract attention, light two flares or place reflective triangles.. one at each end of the car a safe distance away. Hang a brightly colored cloth from your antenna.
  • If you are sure the car’s exhaust pipe is not blocked, run the engine and heater for about 10 minutes every hour or so depending upon the amount of gas in the tank.
  • To protect from frostbite and hypothermia use woolen  blankets to keep warm.

ALLOW EXTRA TIME TO GET TO YOUR DESTINATION AND DRIVE WITH CAUTION DURING INCLEMENT WEATHER