Have you noticed a bit of frost on your windshield this year?
For those of us who live in the colder areas, the ice and frost is coming if it hasn’t already made an appearance. It’s easy to get used to hopping in the car and just taking off over the warmer months, but winter driving requires a little more planning in order to transport your family safely.
Here are a few things to keep in mind as we head into winter – especially with all of the holiday travel coming up!
Stay Ahead on Vehicle Maintenance
Vehicle break-downs are never fun, but they are especially inconvenient and dangerous when the temps are below freezing. Get up-to-date on your vehicle’s maintenance now so you’re good to go through the winter:
- Change/Top off fluids – get an oil change if necessary and check all other fluids.
- Service tires – if there’s any time when your tires should be in great shape, it’s winter!
- Check your battery and replace if necessary – car batteries have to work a little harder when it’s cold out. Get the voltage checked and if it’s on it’s way out, replace it before it goes out completely.
Stock Winter Emergency Essentials
Even the most cautious drivers can find themselves stuck in a ditch after hitting an icy patch – keeping some winter supplies in the car can help turn an emergency into an inconvenience.
- Snow Shovel, Ice Scraper
- Bag of Kitty Litter – this abrasive material will help you have more traction to get “un-stuck” if you pour it under your tires.
- Jumper Cables – whether you need a jump or end up helping someone else out, these are always nice to have.
- Blankets and Extra Jackets
- For little ones keep an extra training potty in the back with a liner already in place.
- Water, Food, Diapers, Medications – you never know how long you might be stuck for - hope for the best and plan for the worst!
Safe Travel Habits
- Allow extra time in your travel planning – you don’t want to be in a rush, especially with poor road conditions.
- Keep your gas tank as close to full as possible. If you get stuck, you’ll need fuel to stay warm.
- Keep a cell phone with you so you can call for help if necessary.
- If you have kids or babies, keep their bags especially well-stocked with diapers, snacks, and other supplies. If you get stuck for an extended period of time, you’ll be glad you did!
- If you park outside, wipe your windshield down with white vinegar at night to keep frost from building up. Is there anything vinegar can’t do?
May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!