- make sure your vehicle is ready for the season.
the winter... keep your Gas Tank at least half-full to avoid gas line freeze.
- Carry a winter storm survival kit. The typical kit should
include a large Coffee can with a plastic lid. Pack the following
items inside the Coffee can... high energy foods spare batteries for
red Bandana or cloth to tie on the car antenna
candles/matches/metal cup to melt snow for drinking water
- other bulky or heavy items which should be in the vehicle...
a shovel jumper cables a bag of sand or salt for traction basic tools
blankets or sleeping bags Tow cable or chain flashlight extra clothing
first aid kit
- consider keeping a cellular phone. If you dial 911 from a
cellular phone... remember that the dispatcher will not know
your location... you must provide it to them. However...
new cell phones do have GPS capability.
- Call ahead to your destination... and tell them when you expect
to leave... when you expect to arrive... and your travel Route.
Out on the Road...
- before increasing your speed... get a feel for the traction.
Remember that bridges and overpasses can be more slippery
than other parts of the Road. Do not brake suddenly. If you
have anti-lock brakes... apply steady and firm pressure to the
pedal. Do not pump anti-lock brakes.
- If you begin to skid... remain calm... ease your foot off the
gas... and turn the wheels in the direction you want the front of the car to
- When driving near snowplows... yield to snowplows stay back - stay
reduce your speed never drive into a snow cloud
an average snowplow weighs 17 times more than an average
car. If you are in a collision... you will lose.
Be patient... follow eight seconds behind snowplows.
During a winter storm...
- check the latest weather information as your drive.
- If severe winter weather is expected... consider postponing travel.
- Avoid traveling alone during a winter storm.
- Always fill the gasoline tank before entering open country...
even for a short distance.
- Stock your vehicle with a winter storm safety kit.
- If the storm begins to be too much for you to handle... seek Refuge.
If a winter storm traps you...
- stay in your vehicle. Do not attempt to walk in a winter
storm. You can easily become lost and disoriented in blowing
and drifting snow. Staying in your car decreases your risk of
frostbite and increases the chance of being rescued. Make your
vehicle visible to rescuers.
- Beware of Carbon monoxide. Run the engine only a few minutes
every hour... or every half hour in extreme cold. Keep one
window slightly open. Make sure that snow does not block the exhaust pipe.
I asked Him for water and He gave me a well.
(See Psalm 36:9)
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