Prepare To Be Towed On Snowy Roads
Every year, on average, more than 6,000 individuals are killed and more than 480,000 are injured because of weather-related vehicle collisions. If you need to drive in snow or freezing temperatures, the best thing that you can be armed with is information. That’s why Car Craft Chesterfield would like the people of West County, Wildwood, Ellisville, Ballwin, and Chesterfield, MO to be prepared. Go slow in the snow. Black ice can be tough to see. If the temperature is close to freezing, drive like you’re on ice because you may be on ice!
Prior to leaving the house, particularly before a lengthier trip in winter, ensure all fluid levels are full and make certain that the lights, heater, and windshield wipers in proper condition. Keep your gas tank close to full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines. Avoid traveling alone. Let somebody know your timetable and primary and alternative routes. Then call 511 for the most recent traffic and road incidents, including construction and weather conditions and restrictions. Every state provides this Department of Transportation service. Call before you leave, it may change your plans!
Fully check and winterize your car before the winter season begins. Carry a winter storm survival kit which includes the following:
- Mobile phone, charger, batteries
- Blankets/sleeping bags
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- First aid kit
- High-calorie, non-perishable food
- Extra clothing to keep dry
- Large empty can to utilize as emergency toilet, tissues, and paper towels for sanitary purposes
- Small can and waterproof matches to melt snow for drinking water
- Sack of sand or cat litter for traction
- Windshield scraper and brush
- Tool kit
- Tow rope
- Battery booster cables
- Water container
- Candle and matches to provide light in a crisis plus lifesaving heat.
- Compass and road maps, do not depend on mobile devices with limited battery life.
If you need to drive during a storm, consider the following precautions:
- Slow down! Even if the roads simply look wet they can still be slick. More than 6,000 fatalities occur on the roads every year due to weather conditions, to say nothing of the large volumes of auto body accidents that cause dent damage to Chesterfield, MO cars.
- Ensure that your vehicle is completely clear of ice or snow prior to starting the trip. Flying snow from cars causes car accidents.
- Let somebody know where you're going and what road you'll take. If anything happens, this individual will know where to begin a search.
- Don't leave the house without a fully charged mobile phone and car charger and an emergency supplies kit in your vehicle.
- If you're driving and begin to skid, remain calm, ease your foot off the gas, and turn your wheels in the direction you would like the front of the car to go. If you've got an anti-lock braking system (ABS), apply steady pressure to the brake pedal. Never pump the brakes on an ABS-equipped vehicle.
- If you are having difficulty seeing due to weather conditions, pull over to the side of the road and stop your vehicle until visibility improves. Shut off your lights and utilize your parking break when stopped so that another automobile won't wrongly follow your tail/brake lights and wind up striking you.
If your car gets stuck during a storm:
- Remain in the vehicle! If you exit your vehicle, you will become disoriented rapidly in wind-driven snow and cold. Run the engine about 10 minutes every hour for heat. While running the motor, open the window a little for fresh air to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Clear snow from the exhaust pipe to avoid gas poisoning.
- Be obvious to rescuers. Turn on the dome light at night when running the engine. Tie a bright colored cloth, ideally red, to your antenna or door. After snow stops falling, raise the hood to indicate you require assistance.
Do not underestimate the power of Mother Nature to leave you in a bad spot. Be ready to deal with situations such as extreme winter weather while you’re on the road. If you wish to avoid an auto body accident in the St. Louis, MO area, you would do well to heed these tips. If you find yourself getting into a car crash, consider going to Car Craft Chesterfield in Chesterfield, MO.
Graphic and information courtesy of National Weather Service.