If you were in Texas last winter, you saw how rough winters can be in the region.
As a result, it’s in your best interest to be prepared for unfavorable conditions this winter, particularly while you’re on the road. Here are three tips you can use to help stay safe behind the wheel this holiday season:
#1 - Keep your car well-stocked.
In case you need them, it’s wise to keep the following items in your vehicle during the winter:
- Snow shovel
- Snow broom
- Ice scraper
- Kitty litter or sand (in case your tires get stuck in the snow)
- Jumper cables
- Flares or emergency triangles
- A few emergency blankets (in case you have passengers with you)
- A cell phone charger
- Water bottles
- Non-perishable food
- Any medicine you may need that can be difficult to find
#2 - Know where to go before you start driving.
This is particularly helpful for longer drives. Even though you will likely have directions through your GPS device, it’s a good idea to skim them over before you head out on your route. That way you have an idea of where you’re headed before you get on the road.
#3 - Have your car inspected and serviced before taking long trips.
If you’re planning on taking a long road trip for the holidays this year, it’s a good idea to bring your car to the mechanic a few weeks beforehand. It’s wise to do it early because if there are any issues that need to be addressed or parts that must be ordered, you won’t be on such a strong time crunch.
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