As the cold creeps in and you are en route to your holiday vacation destinations, make sure you follow these safety tips of the road when you find yourself caught in winter weather conditions.
Check the Weather
You don’t want these storms to surprise you. Check the weather before going out on any trip. However, even if the weather looks clear, you should always be prepared for unexpected weather changes. You can be prepared by the steps below!
Pack a Winter Survival Kit in Your Vehicle
First, always be sure your vehicle is prepared before ever rolling one tire on the slick roads. As temperatures drop, it’s essential that your vehicle is stocked with winter driving essentials. Make sure your survival pack contains a flashlight, ice scraper, extra blankets, water and non-perishable snacks, sand and salt, and more (from our friends at Travelers Insurance).
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Make sure your vehicle is maintained for the weather. Tires with little tread are unsafe to drive on, especially on ice. Also, make sure your windshield wipers and fluid are at top condition and full for any weather you hit on your drive.
Stay a safe distance away from the driver ahead of you. Rough patches of ice, sleet, snow or rain can make your breaking distance much longer. Use caution when driving; Drive slower than the speed limit and even slower when approaching areas where your site is impaired by falling snow or snow banks.
If the weather gets too out of hand that you become to feel unsafe, the best thing to do it stop and wait until the bad weather breaks.
Getting Stuck on the Road
If you get stuck on the road in a snowstorm, stay in your car and wait for help to arrive. According to Travelers, it is best to only run your heater for 10 minutes at a time. If snow clogs the exhaust pipe, there is a chance of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Extra Tips for Truckers:
Don’t Over Extend Yourself
If you’re a trucker, the holidays is the busiest time of year, but while you may enjoy the season, don’t overextend yourself. Give yourself time to relax and spend time with family. Little or no rest for your mind and body leads accidents, especially on risky road conditions such as snow and ice.
Organize with Your Family
Scheduling can be tough when trying to get the family together in any family, but especially for truckers, it is most important. If you’re driving hours are impeding time that you’d like to spend with friends and family, reach out to another driver! Other drivers may not mind driving for the day, and it does not hurt to ask. Just be sure you understand your company’s policy in regards to switching shifts. You do not want to cause scheduling problems for the company.
These tips can help you, your family and your vehicle safe during any winter or holiday travels. If you are in need of auto insurance, or would like to seek out better coverage for a better price, check out TVC Insurance's Car Insurance options. We are happy to help, and are here to give you complete peace of mind!