Winter Transportation
Winter Transportation
How to avoid the increased driving risks of winter.
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  • Check that individuals who drive in cold weather are receiving a written checklist to use before and during the trip to enhance safety.
  • Before departing, examine the vehicle, fluid levels (oil, antifreeze, windshield washer), tires, and check to see that all emergency equipment is accounted for such as the following:
    • blankets
      flashlight with fully charged batteries
      a cell phone
      shovel
    • windshield scraper and brush
    • flares
    • water proof matches
    • tool kit
    • booster cables
    • tow-line
    • a knife
    • bag of sand
    • portable radio
    • a red distress flag
    • maps
    • emergency rations
    • first aid kit
  • Make sure the spare tire is in good repair and that a jack is present.
  • Have the vehicle properly serviced prior to a trip and always begin with a full tank of gas both coming and going.
  • Fill up with gas as soon as you arrive at your destination to avoid ice in the tank.
  • If more than one vehicle is being used for the trip, stay in visible contact with one another once you are on the road.
  • Obtain a weather report before departing.
  • Schedule driving during daylight hours and use major roads.
  • Don't try to save time by using secondary roads.
  • Have a designated person to contact if a problem should arise.
  • Drivers should wear sunglasses to cut down on glare.

If the vehicle becomes disabled or must be pulled off the road:

  • If driving conditions become so hazardous that it is unsafe to continue, or if the vehicle becomes disabled, pull off the road to the safest location possible.
Posted: March 2, 2010

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