With winter officially beginning in just a few weeks, preparations for winter driving should begin now.
1. Make sure that your car is winter ready.
This Car Talk article has information on some of the items that should be checked before winter weather actually hits.
2. Start thinking about your driving habits and the ones that might need to be changed.
AAA has some helpful Winter Driving Tips. These include:
- Keep your gas tank at least half full
- Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface (wet, ice, sand)
- Always look and steer where you want to go
- Use your seatbelt every time you get in your vehicle.
3. Pack an emergency road kit to keep in your vehicle.
You should have an emergency kit stowed in your vehicle all year. If you don’t have one yet, now is the perfect time to get one. You can assemble the items yourself or you can purchase a premade one. An article from AAA suggests the following items be included with your winter kit:
- Bag of abrasive material (sand, salt, cat litter) or traction mats
- Snow shovel
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Window washer solvent
- Ice scraper with brush
- Cloth or roll of paper towels
- Jumper cables
- Extra warm clothing (gloves, hats, scarves)
- Warning devices (flares or triangles)
- Drinking water
- Non-perishable snacks for both human and pet passengers
- First-aid kit
- Basic toolkit (screwdrivers, pliers, adjustable wrench)
- Mobile phone and car charger pre-programmed with rescue apps and important phone numbers including family and emergency services