Although the snow has stopped falling, the threat of dangerous road conditions is still high.
Capitol Towing Manager Cory Bozeman handed down some tips to help drivers prepare for possible hazardous conditions.
It starts with what you do to your vehicle before getting on the road.
First, make sure you have enough gas.
“In case you do get stranded, the vehicle can continue running until help arrives,” Bozeman said. “It keeps the heater running, your cell phone charging, and anything you might need there.”
Bozeman also advised drivers to make sure their fluids were topped off, especially the anti-freeze.
“Coolant in the engine will freeze up just like water would freeze in your home refrigerator,” Boozeman said. “That can cause damage to the engine mechanically and It will quit running and it’ll strand you and you’ll be cold on the side of the road.”
Along with making sure your windshield wipers are in good condition, you’ll also want to make sure you check for any cracks and the tread on your tires as well as the air pressure, to make sure you don’t have a blowout.
Bozeman said the cold weather can have a negative effect on car batteries, the cold air could drain the battery overnight, causing it to lose power.
“You’ll see corrosion around the connections, Bozeman said. “It kind of looks like a white, powdery substance and also, when the battery starts going bad you’ll notice an odd bitter smell to it and your battery will start swelling up on its own.”
Now that you’ve prepared your vehicle for the road, keep these safety tips in mind while you’re driving to make sure you have a safe commute.
Even if the roads appear to be clear, the threat of danger isn’t necessarily lower, black ice can create dangerous, slippery conditions for drivers on the road and on bridges.
“Try not to jerk the wheel back,” Bozeman said. “Just try to turn the wheels gently and slowly in the direction you’d like the car to go. Do not hit the brakes, do not hit the gas, and hopefully the car will regain traction and control and you’ll be safe and sound.”
Boozeman also suggests drivers slow down and create extra distance between vehicles, to help avoid any crashes.
The American Red Cross also provided the following safety tips to help drivers navigate the roads:
If You Become Stranded
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