Archive for Thursday, December 11, 2008

Chief’s corner

December 11, 2008

Winter is just around the corner and with it comes the snow and ice.

A covering of fresh snow makes for a beautiful scene, but it also makes for challenging driving conditions. The best advice for driving in bad weather is not to drive at all, if you can avoid it.

If you must drive in snowy conditions, make sure your car is prepared. A lot of people keep emergency kits at home and overlook the importance of having one in their vehicles as well. Most people spend more time away from home, or in their cars, and with bad weather knocking on our doors, it is better to be prepared than not.

With the weather starting to turn, this would be a good time to give your vehicle a once over. Make sure you have snow tires with enough tread, change your motor oil to a lighter weight, check your antifreeze levels, make sure your headlights and taillights are all in working order, replace your windshield wiper blades if needed, check all your fluid levels and always keep your gasoline tank at least half full.

Now is also a good time to prepare a small emergency kit for your vehicle. In your kit you should have a pair of pliers, screwdrivers, hammer, pocketknife, set of jumper cables, bag of sand, blankets, extra clothes, bottled water, some food, first aid kit, flashlight, matches, candle and a small shovel.

Cell phones can be invaluable during an emergency. If you don’t have one, it might be time to consider investing in one.

These items can all be very important to your survival should you get stuck, slip off the road or have mechanical problems during bad winter weather.

Common sense is your best tool for winter driving. If the conditions are too bad, consider postponing your departure until a later time. If you absolutely do need to go out in bad weather, try not to go alone. Dress warmly and in layers,.

Remember, taking good care of your vehicle before winter and packing the right supplies could be a matter of life and death.

Happy Holidays!

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