Hot Summer Days Yield To Colder Weather Driving

Jim Luff
Posted on October 5, 2016

Don't get caught in the cold (Photo via PEXELS, Kristin Vogt)

Don't get caught in the cold (Photo via PEXELS, Kristin Vogt)

Driving in cold weather presents big challenges we don’t see in the summer months. Here are a few tips to consider:

  • Never run a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
  • Make certain your tires are properly inflated.
  • Keep your gas tank at least half full. If you get stranded, you will have heat.
  • Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface (wet, ice, sand).
  • Watch weather reports prior to a long-distance drive or before driving in isolated areas.
  • Delay trips when especially bad weather is expected. If you must leave, let others know your route, destination and estimated time of arrival.
  • Carry blankets, gloves, food and water along with any needed medication in your vehicle, even if you plan on the trip being less than two hours.
  • If you become snow-bound, stay in the vehicle. It provides temporary shelter and makes it easier for rescuers to locate you. Don’t try to walk in a severe storm. It’s easy to lose sight of your vehicle in blowing snow and become lost.
  • Don’t over exert yourself if you try to push or dig your vehicle out of the snow.
  • Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna or place a cloth at the top of a rolled up window to signal distress. At night, keep the dome light on if possible. It only uses a small amount of your car battery and will make it easier for rescuers to find you.
  • Make sure the exhaust pipe isn’t clogged with snow, ice or mud. A blocked exhaust could cause deadly carbon monoxide gas to leak into the passenger compartment with the engine running.
  • Use whatever is available to insulate your body from the cold. This could include floor mats or newspapers.
  • If possible, run the engine and heater just long enough to remove the chill and then turn the vehicle off to conserve fuel.

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