Maine Winter Driving Tips

Maine Winter Driving Tips
BEFORE WINTER – PREPARE FOR DRIVING DURING OR AFTER A STORM – by Judith Hayes

Prepare a car emergency kit which includes the following items. (A plastic tub with a tight fitting lid works well) Keep this kit in your car all winter.

First Aid Kit
Two flashlights and extra batteries
At least two blankets
Hand and body warmer packets
Mobile phone charger
Sand
Rock salt
Pieces of flat cardboard (for putting under tires for traction)
Flares
Work gloves
shovel (large and small)
2 Ice scrapers
De-icer
Always keep gas tank full
Extra clothing
Cleaning rags
Basic tools (screwdrivers – pliers – adjustable wrench – sockets – hammer)
Duct tape
Extra fuses

AFTER IT SNOWS AND BEFORE DRIVING

Clean all your windows, including side and rear.

Remove all snow from your hood and the roof of your car as snow can slide off the roof and onto your windshield completely blocking your view. Snow can also blow up from your hood onto the windshield.

Clean snow from all your lights, front and back.

IF DRIVING DURING A STORM

Avoid driving in a storm, if at all possible.
Be sure your seat belt and passenger seat belts are buckled.
If weather gets bad, if your vision is impaired, or driving is in any way dangerous, pull off the road if it is safely possible.
Drive very slowly and stay way behind any other cars.
Keep car lights on at all times.
Always brake gently.
Never use cruise control during snow.
Keep windows clear with defroster and windshield wipers.
Bridges, ramps, and overpasses FREEZE before other road surfaces. Use great caution.

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