by Larry Nicholson, State Farm Agent
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- Warning flares
- Tire chains (know how to install!)
- Pack a Survival Kit
Traveling in an area where you could get stranded? Carry these useful items:
- Ice scraper and brush
- Wooden matches
- Non-perishable food
- Prescription medicine
- Cell phone charger
- Blankets and warm clothing
- 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!