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Winter Wonderland Safety Tips

Winter Wonderland Safety Tips

We take peace of mind very seriously.

It’s the end of January and it’s still cold outside! Chances are you have experienced snow in the past few months. For some people, snow means no school, sledding and hours upon hours of fun! For others…snow is extremely inconvenient, especially if it means you or your children have to drive in it. Instead of locking your busy teenager in their rooms until the snow melts, take a glance at some of these tips! They should give you peace of mind while driving in snowy weather conditions.

Be informed, be prepared.

Check the weather before you leave your home. It’s that age old concept of being prepared and not having any surprises! You never know when the snow fairy might decide to drop a few inches of snow right before your eyes! Looking at the weather before you leave for the day may help you prepare for that day’s travels.

Dress up your car, no tutu required! Be informed about the type of tires that your car will need to be safe on the road. There are different types of snow tires that are used for different vehicles and their specific needs. I found a website that lists the top 5 snow tires, I hope it helps you in your decision!

Carry Emergency Supplies….at all times. You will be glad you did. This is another one that you can use in any situation. Here is an example list of some of the items to always keep in your car. This can be tailored any way to suit your family’s needs.

  • Tire chains
  • Spare Tire
  • Blankets
  • Jumper Cables
  • Tow Rope
  • Wheel wrench and jack
  • Tool Kit
  • Flashlight
  • Phone charger
  • Ice Scraper
  • Matches
  • Food (granola bars, protein bars, beef jerky, etc.)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Scissors/Knife
  • Water

What else would you personally add to this list?

Maintain Your Vehicle. Make sure that your vehicle has been thoroughly inspected by a trusted mechanic. This is best to do before the winter season kicks in…but better late than never!  When you take your vehicle in, be sure to tell them that you want to be winter weather ready!

Be the informer, prepare others.

No matter what you are doing, it’s good to let others know. This can be applied to a short trip to grocery store, or even to pick up the mail at the end of your drive-way. If you are leaving your home in potentially dangerous weather conditions, alert someone! It’s as easy as sending a mass text…just like the ones you get on every holiday!

Stay safe out there.

  1. Keep your gas tank full. Don’t risk it.
  2. Give yourself extra time. Do you usually leave 30 minutes before work? In the winter, you may want to allow 15 or 30 minutes on top of that. Your safety is worth waking up a little bit earlier for.
  3. Don’t tailgate! Make sure you are keeping a safe distance between you and the other cars. Start pumping your brakes earlier than normal.
  4. Stick to the major highways and roads, no shortcuts. The major roads tend to get more attention from the street crews since they tend to be busier!
  5. Lastly, if you can, avoid going out when there is ice on the road. If that soup from your favorite restaurant and that new video game can wait…let it!

It may seem like a silly concept to prepare for an emergency. However, these tips are not only to provide you with that extra physical safety, but also with the peace of mind of knowing that you and your family have taken the proper steps in ensuring ultimate preparedness.

Stay safe and stay warm!

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