Of the many great things about summertime, few match the fun of a family road trip. Before you hook up that new boat or camper, or hit the road with your family or friends in your car, SUV, pickup, or RV, take the time to review these summer travel safety tips. Prevention and planning may take a little time up front, but will spare you from dealing with the consequences of a breakdown—or worse yet, a highway ...
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If you happen to get stranded in wintry conditions, don’t panic, and stay in your vehicle. Run the engine if you can in short periods to keep warm. You are much more likely to find help if you stay with your vehicle than if you wander off on your own.
If you’re planning a longer trip, make sure that others know where you’re going, and when you plan to arrive, as well as the route you’ll take. If you break down or have an accident along the way, you'll want trusted loved ones to know where to start looking for you.
Winter tires are made of softer rubber than summer or all-season tires. They stand up to the cold much better, and will grip the road well on the coldest of days.
If you don’t already have a car emergency kit, now is the time to pack one. Non-perishable food, bottled water, flares or lights, tools, and provisions to keep warm are essential. Check out the full list below.
Before changing lanes, check your mirrors, your blind spots, and use your turn signals. Taking a few seconds to ensure that everything is clear before changing lanes can prevent a major mishap, especially in slippery conditions.
Don’t be fooled by warm, wet ice. This ice is even slipperier than hard, frozen ice! It may look like the road is just wet, or slushy - don't take any chances!
Anticipate turns, curves, traffic, and changes in road conditions. Begin slowing down well before the curves or changes and you'll be able to maintain control much more easily.
If you’re a little nervous about driving in slippery conditions, practice in an empty parking lot. With a little bit of work, you'll have greater skill and confidence for driving in winter weather.