When you set out in your car on a cold winter day or evening, you fully expect that you will get where you intend to go. However, along with the winter weather comes the possibility of rapidly changing weather conditions and the roads can get bad really quick. You can always count on a towing service to come to your rescue, even in the depths of winter. However, you may be stranded for a bit while they make their way to your vehicle. Therefore, it is a good idea to be a prepared driver by remembering these ABCs of preparing your car for winter driving emergencies.
Always check the weather before you leave the house in the winter.
Keep a close eye on weather forecasts and conditions throughout the winter, especially when you have to take off on a longer than usual trip. Rain can change over to ice in a matter of minutes, snow can accumulate quickly, and it is way too easy to get stranded if you are caught in a sudden unexpected weather change.
Be alert to even small issues with how your vehicle performs.
Even though a weak battery, low tire, or engine miss may be no terribly big concern normally, when the weather is colder than usual, even small issues can be a big deal. You should always make sure that your vehicle is in good condition mechanically before you set out in the cold. Some issues can be exacerbated by the cold, such as a weak battery or even a low tire, because the cold temperatures can deplete the battery faster than usual and even shrink what air you do have in your tires.
Create a winter survival kit for your car.
When roadway conditions change suddenly and you are forced to stay put while waiting on a towing service to help you out, you may have to wait a while for help to arrive. During this time, you and your passengers will need some things to stay safe. Grab a backpack or tote and fill it with:
- high-protein snacks, like nuts and granola
- bottled water
- emergency blankets
- a battery-powered radio
- hand warmers
- flashlight and extra batteries
Driving in the winter can always bring about a few added concerns as a driver. Be sure you talk with a towing service representative, such as John's Wrecker Service, for more information about staying prepared for the winter weather as a driver.