Ice storms, be prepared

The Dallas To Chicago corridor is one any trans-national trip must cross. In winter, it is also the battleground between dry and cold Canadian artic air and wet and warm gulf air. The result can make for very bad driving conditions.

The current conditions are an extreme example. If you can’t get off the road and hunker down for a while, you need to be prepared and take precautions. RV News Magazine reports on NAPA Advises Drivers on How to Avoid Winter Driving Mishaps

While hitting a NAPA repair facility for a checkout isn’t really necessary, you do need to make sure your equipment is in top notch condition.

Below are crucial tips for winter drivers to keep in mind:

  • Keep lots of distance between you and the car ahead.
  • Slow down considerably before going into a curve.
  • Try to avoid having to stop while driving up a hill.
  • Start braking sooner, especially when driving toward an intersection. The constant stopping and starting of cars causes the snow to pack and the intersection to become slick.

NAPA recommends equipping vehicles with the following basic, but essential winter supplies:

  • Snow shovel
  • Ice scraper with snowbrush on one end
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Abrasive material to help with traction (sand, cat litter, salt or traction mats)
  • Jumper cables
  • Candles, matches or lighter and high-energy food (chocolate or dried fruit is always good)
  • Warning device (flares or reflective triangles)
  • Winter clothes, boots, sleeping bags and blankets
  • First-aid supplies

Keep in mind that what you do carry may need protection from freezing. You can go through propane and battery in a hurry if camping in cold weather. So, if you must, be prepared, take precautions, and enjoy winter in whatever way you can.

Comments are closed.