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Being Prepared For Winter DCold weather can sometimes be a hassle. Winter weather creates a high risk of not only car accidents, but also other issues, such as carbon monoxide poisoning, frostbite, and hypothermia. These kind of troubles could last for a few hours if not days. Informing yourself about the safety and precautions to take is very essential.

Preparing Before Winter Arrives

When preparing for winter, it is important to know the areas where risk for a winter storm are high, because bad weather can leave areas with no utilities or other survival resources for extended periods of time.

When getting ready for winter, it is also important to ensure your vehicle is ready to take on whatever winter brings. It's important to make sure you test your battery, because battery power is very likely to drop as the temperature drops.

It is also important to make sure the cooling system is in good working condition. Having winter tires with deeper and more flexible tread is also recommended by most experts. If you are using all season tires, though, it is recommended that you make sure the tread on your tires is no less than 1/16 of an inch. Also you want to make sure you check your tire pressure as that often drops when the mercury drops. Finally, it is highly recommended that keep your gas tank at least half full to keep the gas line from freezing.

Another good strategy is to load your trunk with winter essentials in case you run into an emergency. A snow shovel and a bag of salt are always handy, especially when digging tires out of deep snow. Keeping a blanket and a bottle of water would also keep you warm and hydrated in case it takes help a little while to arrive.

Before Heading Out

Before you hit the road on a cold snowy day, you want to make sure to clean off your car's external camera lenses and side view mirrors so you can see your surroundings. If your vehicle has them, removing snow and dirt from sensors is also a good idea. To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning don't leave a vehicle running in your garage even when the garage door is open. Always check the forecast and see how it looks before heading out. If you have to travel make sure to share your travel route and plans with someone before you leave.

Avoiding a Crash

It's important that you drive carefully on bad roads. Practice defensive driving and assume that other drivers are not exercising caution. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it has been proven that the inability to stay in a proper lane and driving to fast for conditions are two of the most frequent poor driving behaviors. Slowing down is essential because simple maneuvers like stopping or turning generally take longer on snow- or ice-covered roads. You'll also want to forego using cruise control in such conditions.

Experts have recommended leaving a distance of 8 to 10 seconds between you and the vehicle ahead of you. If possible do not stop when driving down a hill or steady road. Try to void avoid sudden stops and quick direction changes on slick roads, which might cause spinouts or even collisions.

In Conclusion

You can't change the weather. With some basic precautions, though, you can be ready for it. Having winter weather supplies in your vehicle, making sure your sight lines are clear, and exercising caution when driving can help to keep you safe during winter weather conditions.

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