I have to admit one of my fears when I hit the road is breaking down, especially if I am going somewhere unfamiliar. I am thankful we have cell phones now and can call from just about anywhere but what do you do while waiting for help to arrive?
First off you shouldn’t stop unless it is a real emergency. If it is possible to keep going and find a safe place to pull over you should. It is not only safer but can make it easier to get help. But sometimes you have a sincere emergency and need to stop. Here are some tips on how to stop safely and keep you, your passengers, and other vehicles on the road safe.
1. Stop as far onto the right side of the road as you can and keep your wheels turned away from the road.
2. Turn on your hazard lights.
3. If you must exit the vehicle get out on the side away from the road. Make sure your passengers do the same. This will keep you from being hit.
4. If you are traveling with animals keep them in the car. They sense your panic and if they get out they may run away. If they must use the potty, etc, make sure they are leashed when they exit the vehicle.
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You prepare your car each winter but do you prepare yourself? If you have to go out in the slippery weather do you know what you can do to avoid a crash?
A lot of deadly crashes happen in the winter time. People trying to get to work, to pick up their kids from school, or have an emergency that requires them to set out.
Driving in winter can be a scary experience. Especially if icy conditions happen suddenly or you are stuck in a storm without warning. Lets face it, the weather people sometimes make mistakes. What you thought would be a light snow can turn into a snowstorm in a heartbeat.
Thankfully there are some things you can do to avoid a crash. The most easy way would be to stay inside but sometimes you can do that. So it is best to be prepared.
- Never mix radial tires with other types of tires.
- Avoid using your parking brake to slow or stop your vehicle. This may seem like a good idea but it can actually make skidding worse.
- Do not use cruise control in wintery conditions.
- Look and steer in the direction you want to go.
- Accelerate and decelerate slowly.
- Increase your following distance to 8 to 10 seconds.
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Brrr, it is getting cold outside, unless you are one of the lucky ones that live where it is warm all year round. That means it is time to get your car ready for winter. There are a lot of things you can do to get your car ready but there are a few that are definites.
Nothing is worse than getting in your car when it is 10 degrees outside and finding out you have a problem. Especially if you are heading out to work. Follow these simple tips and when those cold mornings come you will be prepared and get to work like a boss.
Change your windshield wiper fluid. – Definitely choose one that has a de-icer for clear vision. When sleet is hitting your windshield it will be a huge plus! Also, check your wiper blades. If they are worn you should replace them immediately!
Emergency Kit- Always, always pack an emergency kit but in the winter it is crucial. You never know what may happen and if you are stranded when it is bitter cold it can make a huge difference. Make sure you include blankets, a change of clothes, non-perishable food, water, flares, gloves, scarves, and a hat.
Lock De-icer- It isn’t going to help much if your car is ready to go but you can’t get in the door. I know, I know, most cars have electrical locks know but just in case, always keep Lock De-icer in hand.
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Winter is a hard time on your vehicles and sometimes the worse happens. Whether it is an accident or you break down beside the road. When things like this happen you need to be prepared, especially in the winter. Below is a checklist to help you prepare for an emergency.
What To Pack:
- Battery Powered Radio and extra batteries. Keep an eye on the batteries because sometimes cold weather can drain them.
- Flashlight with extra batteries. Do not put the batteries in right way. Wait until you need them.
- Blankets. The thicker the better.
- Booster Cables
- Bottled Water
- Fire Extinguisher
- Non-Parishable Food- Granola bars, dried fruit, and peanut butter are a good choice
- A Map- This is essential just in case your battery dies and you can’t use GPS
- Change of clothes including gloves, scarves, and hats. It may also be a good idea to have an extra pair of boots.
- Cat Litter for traction if you are stuck.
- Rope- This can have a lot of uses but one of the best is you can tie yourself to the car if you need to get out in the middle of a snow storm.
- First Aid Kit
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