Winter Travel Safety Tips

December 2, 2015 at 7:08 pm Leave a comment

Snow, ice and freezing temperatures can make for dangerous travel during the winter months. But if you are prepared for the hazards of winter, you will be more likely to stay safe and healthy.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these winter weather travel safety tips:

  • Don’t travel when the weather service has issued weather warnings or advisories.
  • If you must travel, make sure you let friends and family know your planned route and what time you should arrive.
  • Wear appropriate outdoor clothing – layers of light, warm clothing, mittens, hats, scarves and waterproof boots.
  • Keep your gas tank full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.
  • Carry a cell phone.
  • Keep an up-to-date emergency kit that includes battery-operated devices, such as a flashlight, a weather radio, a lamp, blankets, food, water, booster cables, flares, and a bag of sand or cat litter for traction.
  • If you are stranded, stay with your car unless safety is no more than 100 yards away, and keep your arms and legs moving.
  • To ensure others can see you, lift the hood of your car when the snow isn’t falling, turn on the interior light when the engine is running, and put a bright cloth on your antenna.
  • Leave a downwind window open, and only run the heater and engine for 10 minutes every hour.
  • Make sure nothing is blocking your vehicle’s tailpipe.

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