Winter is firmly upon us here in New England. Does the thought of being stuck in traffic or driving into wintery weather cause you to feel panicked?
Here are a few winter driver safety tips to get you and your family to your destination safely, whether you're driving right down the street or several hours away.
Basic Car Maintenance
First of all, you need to get your car ready for the drive. This includes checking your wiper blades & washer fluid. Also, inspect your vehicle's brakes and tires and have the car battery tested. For more information, we recently added a blog post on Winter Service Tips to Ready Your Car for the Season.
The best time to travel on the holiday is early in the day. At this time volume on the road tends to be lowest.
Winter Driver Safety
I have a few things to say about winter driver safety. It is important that you take responsibility for your own safety as much as you can. This includes taking a break every 2 hours if you’re traveling a long distance. Remember you need to be awake and alert. Absolutely no texting and driving, do I need to say more?!? Get all your music and podcasts or whatever set before you leave so you are not fussing with your radio. DON"T DRINK AND DRIVE!
Secondly, your safety in relation to other people on the road. If you see a vehicle driving erratically, distance yourself from it. When it is safe, pass the vehicle. If there is no opportunity to pass then stay a safe distance behind the vehicle.
Finally, a few notes if you are traveling with children? Plan activities to keep them busy. You can't entertain kids and watch the road at the same time. Portable DVD players are great for younger children. Use books, games, and DVDs to keep the kids comfortable and stop them from distracting the driver.
Check the weather, see what kind of conditions you'll be driving through. Make sure you have an ice scraper and snow brush if you get stuck in a storm. Keep in mind, if you are expecting to drive in bad weather then give yourself extra time.
Winter Emergency Supply Kit.
Getting stranded on the side of the road isn’t predictable but you can be prepared by keeping an emergency supply kit in your vehicle. These are basic items you probably have around the house. Having them ready in your truck can make a tough situation a little easier.
Here are some of the items you should pack in the supply kit:
-- First aid kit
-- Jumper cables
-- Ice scraper
-- Gloves, hats and blankets
-- Flashlights with fresh batteries and warning flares or triangles
-- Bottled water and nonperishable snack bars
-- Warm clothes
-- Chargers for your phone.
Be safe on the roads. Happy holidays and have a safe happy New Year from your friends at Star Auto Sales in Meriden, CT!