Safety Tips for Driving in Extreme Cold Weather
Currently, we are in the middle of an extreme arctic blast that is expected to break records across the U.S. This harsh temperature drop will impact what you should do while driving this winter. Here are a few tips for driving in extreme cold weather.
Regardless of the weather, you should always have an emergency kit available in your vehicle. Essentials include non-perishable food, water, phone, phone charger, first aid kit, medications, and more.
However, emergency kits won’t always include items to get you through the extreme cold. You should pack extra clothes, jackets, hats, and gloves. In addition, keep winter gear such as a snow brush, ice scraper, and shovel handy.
Inflate and Check the Tread on Your Tires
Tires with low tread will lose traction to the road, creating a dangerous situation. Replace your tires if needed and consider using snow tires for the winter months. Also, inflate your tires to the correct pressure. Your tires will lose roughly one pound for every 10° drop in Fahrenheit.
Keep at Least Half a Tank of Gas in Your Car
You never know if you will get stranded this winter. With enough gas, you can keep yourself warm by leaving the engine on as you wait for help. Not only that, but water molecules can freeze and prevent the engine from getting the fuel it needs if the tank isn’t very full.
Warm Up Your Vehicle in an Open Area
While you will want to heat up your car in the winter, you should never leave your vehicle running in an enclosed space like a garage. Carbon monoxide exits your car through its emissions and will build up if it doesn’t have room to escape. If you have a garage attached to your home, it can even seep inside, leading to carbon monoxide poisoning and possibly even death for everyone in the garage or house.
Never Use Cruise Control on Slippery Roads
Ice is a big problem this time of year. Cruise control won’t adjust for slippery roads, so stay in control by handling the driving yourself.
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