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Preparing to Drive in a Blizzard

Ensure that your windshield washer reservoir is filled with no-freeze windshield solvent. Don’t fill with plain water, as it will freeze and render your windshield washers useless.

Stock up the car with these blizzard survival items:

  • Sunglasses
  • Extra no-freeze windshield solvent
  • Extra engine coolant (anti-freeze)
  • Small plastic shovel
  • Sand, Kitty Litter or other traction device
  • Jumper cables
  • Blanket, extra gloves, extra boots
  • Non-perishable food
  • Candle and matches
  • Flares
  • Portable cellular telephone
  • List of family emergency telephone numbers
  • Snowbrush

When you’re about to leave, think twice. Is this trip really necessary? Blizzard conditions often include heavy winds that cause snow to drift right after it’s been plowed. The street in front of your house may be clear, but what about conditions elsewhere? If at all possible, postpone the trip until conditions improve.

If you must travel, let a family member know where you’re going and when you expect to arrive. Check in from the road to assure your family that you are o.k.

While driving, keep all windows and lights clear of snow. Pay attention to the use of your rear window defroster. On many cars, these electric devices shut off after only five or 10 minutes of use. If snow is building up on the back window, re-activate the rear defroster.

Any driving maneuver is more dangerous on roads that are snow-packed or ice-packed. Avoid sudden starts and stops, as these cause skids. Be sure to use your turn signals when appropriate.

If your car is equipped with ABS brakes, make sure that everyone in your family knows how to use them.

Allow extra time to reach your destination and don’t try to be the fastest car on the road.

Above all, wear your seat belt and maintain your alertness.

Clear snow from all window surfaces. In addition, you should clean the roof, hood and trunk, to avoid having snow from these surfaces cover up the windows while you’re driving.

 

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