AURORA, Ill – AAA advises motorists to prepare themselves and their car for winter driving. If it is not safe to travel and you don’t have to travel, don’t drive.
AAA recommends if motorists become stranded, it is best to stay with the vehicle. Your car can provide shelter and enable emergency responders to best locate you. If you can start your engine, run it only long enough to keep warm. Make sure the exhaust pipe is snow-free.
Make sure your car has an emergency kit, which should include the following:
Cell phone and charger
Warm gear for all potential passengers – boots, hats, gloves, blankets
Flares and flashlight and extra batteries
Extra food and water for all potential passengers
General first aid kit
Ice scraper, snow brush and shovel
Windshield washer fluid
Avoid braking on ice. If you’re approaching a patch of ice, brake during your approach. Control the skid. Applying pressure to your brakes while on ice will throw your car into a skid
Keep the fuel tank at least half-full to avoid fuel-line freeze up.
Watch for icy surfaces on bridges and intersections, even when the rest of the road seems to be in good condition.
Remember that four-wheel drive helps you to get going quicker, but it won’t help you stop any faster.
Apply constant, firm pressure to the pedal with anti-lock brakes.
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