How Can You Stay Safe While Driving?

- Friday, January 07, 2022
Lallis and Higigns Insurance - Winter Safe Driving Tips

Driving in Winter Conditions

  • Check your vehicle emergency supplies kit and replenish it if necessary.
  • Bring enough of the following for each person:
    • Blankets or sleeping bag
    • Rain gear, extra sets of dry clothing, mittens, socks, and wool hats
    • Newspapers for insulation
    • Plastic bags for sanitation
    • Canned fruit, nuts, and high energy snacks
    • Warm broth in a thermos and several bottles of water
  • Bring your cell phone and make sure the battery is charged.
  • Plan to travel during daylight and, if possible, take another person with you.
  • Let someone know your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive.
  • Before leaving, check the weather reports for all areas you will be passing through.
  • Watch out for sleet, freezing rain, freezing drizzle, and dense fog.

If You Are Stranded

  • Stay in the vehicle and wait for help. Do not leave the vehicle to search for assistance unless help is visible within 100 yards (91 meters).
  • Display a trouble sign to indicate you need help. Hang a brightly colored cloth (preferably red) on the radio antenna and raise the hood after snow stops falling.
  • Turn on the engine for about 10 minutes each hour. Use the heater while the engine is running. Keep the exhaust pipe clear of snow, and slightly open a downwind window for ventilation.
  • Leave the overhead light on when the engine is running so that you can be seen.
  • Do light exercises to keep up circulation. Clap your hands and move your arms and legs occasionally.
  • If more than one person is in the vehicle, take turns sleeping.
  • Huddle together for warmth. Wrap yourself in newspapers, maps, and even the removable floor mats to help trap more body heat.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
  • Drink fluids to avoid dehydration, which can make you more susceptible to the ill effects of cold and to heart attacks.
  • Avoid overexertion. Shoveling snow or pushing a vehicle can bring on a heart attack or make other medical conditions worse.
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