[12/24/15] You Slid Off The Road: Now What?
Tips for driving in the snow:
• Before leaving home, check traffic and weather reports
• Clear snow and ice from car surfaces before driving. Snow on the hood can blow toward the windshield and block your view.
• Keep safety equipment, spare parts and food and water in the car. Keep your cellphone fully charged.
• Keep your fuel tank at least half full. Make sure your wiper-fluid reservoir isn’t running low.
• Drive with headlights on.
• Slow down
• Even when roads are dry, watch out for icy bridges.
• Stay at least 15 car-lengths (200 feet) back from maintenance vehicles and plows, and don’t pass them on the right.
• Don’t use cruise control.
• Use brakes sparingly to avoid skidding.
• Don’t pump anti-lock brakes to stop.
If you do slide off the road, Chelan County Sheriff’s Sergeant, Rob Huddleston, says you should stay in your car…
We asked Sergeant Huddleston if a slide off means a ticket…
Blankets, winter hat, warm clothes, boots: If your car runs out of fuel or your battery dies, it won’t be able to provide heat. A blanket and hat will keep you warm, particularly if roadside assistance does not arrive for some time. And of course you’ll need a coat, hat, boots and gloves if you have to exit the car. Inexpensive chemical hand warmers can provide additional warmth.
Spare food and water: Enough for everyone in the car, in case you’re stuck for a while.
Shovel: When a car gets bogged down in snow, a shovel becomes a vital tool. A small folding camp shovel will require more digging effort than a longer-handled shovel, but it’s more convenient to store in the vehicle.