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5 Things I Wish Every Drive Would Do

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by Larry Nicholson, State Farm Agent

  1. Prepare Your Vehicle

Get ready by checking:

  • Hoses and fan belts
  • Spark plugs
  • Fluid levels
  • Battery strength
  • Tire pressure and tread life
  • Air, fuel, and emission filters
  • Spare tire and jack
  1. Follow Winter Driving Guides

Before you start your vehicle:

  • Don’t warm in a closed garage.
  • Keep your gas tank at least half full to prevent gas line freeze-up.
  • Make sure your exhaust pipe is not clogged with mud or snow.
  • Don’t use cruise control on icy roads.
  • Allow more time for braking when visibility is poor.
  • Stay calm if you start to skid.
  1. Carry Emergency Supplies

Always carry jumper cables, tire-changing tools, a flashlight, and a first aid kit. Include these items:

  • A small, folding shovel
  • Tow and tire chains
  • Basic tool kit
  • Bag of road salt or cat litter
  • Windshield wiper fluid
  • Antifreeze
  • Warning flares
  • Tire chains (know how to install!)
  1. Pack a Survival Kit

Traveling in an area where you could get stranded? Carry these useful items:

  • Compass
  • Ice scraper and brush
  • Wooden matches
  • Non-perishable food
  • Prescription medicine
  • Cell phone charger
  • Blankets and warm clothing
  1. Stranded? Stay Calm!

Follow these tips:

  • Pull off the highway, if possible, turn on your hazard lights or light flares, and hang a distress flag from an antenna or window.
  • Call 911 and describe your location as precisely as possible.
  • Remain in your vehicle.
  • Run your vehicle’s engine and heater about 10 minutes each hour to keep warm. Crack open a downwind window slightly for ventilation and clear snow from the exhaust pipe to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Exercise a little to maintain body heat but avoid sweating.
  • Drink fluids to avoid dehydration.

Let’s all be safe this year!
Plan Ahead and Be Prepared!

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