Icy streets and unforgiving snowstorms are just around the corner. Combine these factors with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and your commute may be more dangerous than usual. Follow these guidelines to help you stay safe on the road — no matter what this upcoming season has in store.
- Stock your vehicle. Carry tools in your car or truck, such as a broom and an ice scraper, to keep your windows clear. Have things on hand that you might need in an emergency, including jumper cables, a flashlight, reflective triangles, and a blanket. And, because of the coronavirus outbreak, make sure that you have face masks, hand sanitizer, and similar personal essentials with you.
- Plan your route. Driving safely in the winter involves checking the weather, road conditions, and traffic before you head out. You need to take the research a bit further during COVID-19. Look at things like the infection rate in your community and the area you’re visiting. In addition, note whether there are any relevant travel advisories.
- Make sure that your vehicle is in good shape. The last thing you want is to end up on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck. Determining your vehicle’s maintenance needs before winter arrives will help you avoid unexpected problems. Go over your vehicle safety checklist, paying attention to your battery, tires, oil, and cooling system. If anything is concerning, visit a mechanic.
- Drive carefully. Bad weather makes behaviors such as speeding and taking your eyes off the road even more dangerous than when conditions are fair. Take additional precautions like leaving more distance than usual between you and other vehicles and stay alert behind the wheel.
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