Winter weather advisory – drive safely
Last week in NEPA, the temperature was pushing 70 degrees. Today, a winter weather advisory has been issued for both Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties from 6 p.m. tonight until 10 a.m. tomorrow morning . Don’t let the quick shift in the weather catch you off guard – be prepared for winter weather driving with the following tips:
Basic vehicle maintenance can make your car safer in the snow
- Make sure your tires are properly inflated
- Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas-line freeze-up in cold weather
- Make sure your vehicle is up to date on oil changes and inspections, and that all fluids have been checked or refilled
Be prepared before hitting the road
- You never know when the weather can take a turn for the worse in the winter months, so it’s best to be prepared with some supplies, including a shovel, gloves, kitty litter, food, water, and a fully charged cell phone.
- Check the weather forecast before going on a trip and plan to stop if necessary. Delay trips if very bad weather is expected
- Plan your route ahead of time, and get familiar with your route in case a GPS device should fail
Drive carefully in winter weather
- Do not use cruise control when driving in ice and snow
- Maintain a safe speed when the roads are snow-covered or icy. Apply the gas slowly when accelerating and turning, and give yourself plenty of extra time to come to a stop when braking.
- Don’t stop on a hill in the snow if you can avoid it, as it can be difficult or impossible to get going again once the car has come to a stop. At the same time, don’t apply too much extra gas while going up a hill either, as this can cause your wheels to spin and you may lose control of the vehicle.
- Always wear your seat belt, and avoid distractions. In the snow, it is much harder to correct a mistake, or to come to a sudden stop.
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