Hitting the road this winter? Although some people are happy to hibernate for the cold weather months, some of us are looking forward to a weekend in the snowy mountains, but getting there could be quite the trip. Time to check your winter survival kit! Don’t have one? Not to worry, follow these tips to get you started.
1. Pack a winter first aid kit
Make sure you have the essentials in your first aid kit, but take it up a notch with items like a plastic whistle, matches, a map, a compass and a flashlight. Forest Services provides a lengthy list of what else you might want to keep handy in your car.
2. Check your vitals
When was the last time you checked your windshield wipers and antifreeze solution? Ever run a battery test? Now’s the perfect time to take a look under the hood to see if anything is in need of a little TLC. The Hartford’s video on winter driving tips offers a detailed list of what to check, but the easiest fixes include replacing your windshield wipers, keeping your fuel tank at least half full and checking that battery leads are clear and secure.
3. Brush up on your driving skills
We’re all safe drivers—for the most part—but driving in wintry conditions poses a whole new set of challenges. Icy roads, below-freezing temperatures and zero visibility during snowy white outs are just a few issues that could arise while you’re on the road, so why not take a few extra precautions? Be sure to take it slow and proceed with caution.
Extra Tip: Be sure to review your car insurance coverage.
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