Safe Driving Tips for Winter

Fall is being left behind and winter coming into full force, and who is not overcome by this season’s romance? Certainly, stores set out to draw in shoppers with material desires, but the landscape too is turning, evolving past the browns and golds, the oranges and reds that are so poetically picturesque, and refining those colors into something more elegant – a colder beauty that appeals aesthetically and yet also compels us to seek comfort indoors, turning on the heating and curling up, snug and warmly comfortable. Nonetheless, at the same time winter also means the holiday season, and holidays mean travel. Flights being as expensive as they are, and buses not particularly appealing, the quality of the roads permits and often dictates one’s car to be the transport of choice. Yet, few people consider the difference between summer and winter driving.

Emergency Travel Kit and Engine-Side Considerations

Aside from the obligatory, overstocked package of food and drink to keep both driver and passengers going on long journeys to distant relatives, have you checked your emergency travel kit lately? The essential one that pertains specifically to your vehicle; the one with the jumper cables and road flares, the flashlight with extra batteries and rags and wipes for your hands? What are you going to do if you get a flat tire or, worse, a blowout? Instead of taking your chances and running into another vehicle – ending up having to seek a Truck Accident Lawyer in Temecula, and overall ruining the holidays – make sure before you set out on your journey that your tires are properly inflated, aren’t nearly bald, and that you have a jack and spare in your emergency travel kit.

Don’t ignore your engine, either. When was the last time you had an oil change? Do have sufficient antifreeze? Is there enough coolant, enough windshield cleaning fluid? You might not realize it, but both are never more important than in the winter, when heating is blasting to keep passenger-complaining at bay and the dirt from the roads (a special mixture combined with rain, or sleet) insists on plastering itself to your windshield. Check your levels and check your in-car stocks: you don’t want to find yourself broken down in the middle of nowhere, with no ability to help yourself. To this end, always make sure also that that overstocked package feeding and hydrating you and your passengers for pure enjoyment and boredom-fighting, contains enough for any negative eventuality like this as well.

Worst Case Scenario – Safety First

Say, however, that despite all your best efforts you do unfortunately break down, what then? Is your phone charged? If the car has broken down and there’s no battery life, how are you going to charge your phone to call for help? To this end, it really is sensible to invest in a solar powered charger, or indeed a battery-operated one. Furthermore, you might be traversing the desert, rather than snow-covered terrain, but even the desert gets cold at night: make sure there are warm blankets and sweaters and coats for all.

Thank you Wendy

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