It took a little longer than usual for winter to get here this year, but not it has arrived in full force. Sometimes we can forget simple safety tips and strategies to keep us safe in the snow, so here are some tips.
If you take any type of road trip in the winter, you will want to take some extra safety precautions. Taking these extra safety precautions will ensure that your car is running perfectly, which lowers your risk of breaking down on the side of the road and being stranded in the freezing temperatures.
Taking a few extra safety precautions also means that if the unexpected does occur you are more than prepared for it. For example, if while on a winter road trip you are suddenly faced with blizzard like conditions, you will be able to survive in the weather until you can start driving once again.
Before you head out on any road trips, you will want to check the condition of your wiper blades, if they are starting to wear make sure you replace them before you leave or, at least, have a set in the car for future use. Make sure that the windshield washing fluid reservoir is filled to capacity, you can also carry an extra gallon of wiper fluid in the trunk of your car. After checking the wiper blades, you will want to ensure that the heater and defroster are in proper working condition. If they are not working properly, take them in to have them fixed.
To keep your car in perfect running condition, you will want to make sure that your cooling system has enough coolant and that the coolant is in good condition. First off, here’s how you choose the right coolant. The coolant is important in helping your car run smoothly. If you do not have enough coolant or the proper amount of coolant, you run the risk of your coolant freezing. You also want to check the battery, starter, and alternator to ensure they are in great condition. If the battery has any corrosion built up on it, you can clean off the corrosion or replace the battery depending on how old it is.
You should also carry a scraper or de-icier in your vehicle to help clear your windows on those icy mornings. Never pull out of your driveway or parking spot until you can clearly see out of all windows.
Always keep some extra blankets and a pair of boots in the car, just in case you have to walk anywhere if you break down. You should also equip your vehicle with a flashlight, first aid kit, emergency food, and some extra water in the car in case you are ever stranded on the road. Some people also keep a change of clothes in the car, such as extra sweats and sweatshirts to help layer themselves in cases of extreme cold.
Keep safe out there!