2016 made its "stormy" appearance and officially launched the skiing season!
Since most of you are travelling to or heading to the mountains to ski, snowboard or enjoy the white view, here are some tips from AAA.exchange so you can make it safely!
· Watch weather reports prior to a long-distance drive or before driving in isolated areas. Delay trips when especially bad weather is expected. If you must leave, let others know your route, destination and estimated time of arrival.
· Always make sure your vehicle is in peak operating condition by having it inspected
· Keep at least half a tank of gasoline in your vehicle at all times.
· Pack a cellular telephone, plus blankets, gloves, hats, food, water and any needed medication in your vehicle.
· If you become snow-bound, stay with your vehicle. It provides temporary shelter and makes it easier for rescuers to locate you. Don’t try to walk in a severe storm. It’s easy to lose sight of your vehicle in blowing snow and become lost.
· Don’t over exert yourself if you try to push or dig your vehicle out of the snow.
· Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna or place a cloth at the top of a rolled up window to signal distress. At night, keep the dome light on if possible. It only uses a small amount of electricity and will make it easier for rescuers to find you.
· Make sure the exhaust pipe isn’t clogged with snow, ice or mud. A blocked exhaust could cause deadly carbon monoxide gas to leak into the passenger compartment with the engine running.
· Use whatever is available to insulate your body from the cold. This could include floor mats, newspapers or paper maps.
· If possible run the engine and heater just long enough to remove the chill and to conserve gasoline.
Stay tuned to Wheelers.me for more upcoming tips and insights that keep you safe, assured and "worry free!"