‘Tis the season for shorter days and cooler temperatures – better known as winter.
The National Weather Service says this winter will be hard to predict. Meteorologist Ryan Sandler said we may have a “La Nada,” better known as nothing or neutral conditions instead of the typical El Nino or La Nina.
Still, are you ready? Is your vehicle?
We typically devote much of the late year edition of Moving Ahead to being a useful tool for readers, with checklists for you and your vehicles so everyone can be safe and winter ready. Inside, we’ll also explain the various tools we use – including Bulldog and the Tasmanian Devil – to keep the state’s highways open and passable. But we truly can’t do any of this without drivers like you being responsible team players.
Check tires, wipers, heaters, lights and defrosters to make sure they’re in good working order. Make sure you have tire chains and know how to put them on. And carry the necessary comforts in the vehicle – snacks, water, coats, blankets, medications and phone charger – in case of lengthy delays.
Perhaps the best tool for winter driving is a mental one. Are you well-rested for the trip? Are you leaving extra time to get to your destination? Slick roads from rain, black ice or frost will bring the need for slower speeds and increased following and stopping distances.
We’ll do our part. We need you and everyone else to do theirs.