With the holidays and winter months just around the corner, many families will be packing up their little ones along with bundles of food and presents for journeys to visit relatives.
Don McRae, a former law enforcement officer and owner of a local driver education school, 911 Driving School, provided these tips for Columbia residents to keep in mind for winter:
- Check your tire pressure: When the weather changes, causing dips in the temperature or unexpected snow, so does the pressure in your car’s tires. This can create potentially hazardous driving conditions when the roads already may be icy or slick. Keep a portable tire pressure gauge in your car and check your tires before every winter drive.
- Pack a winter survival car kit: You never know when bad weather can hit and leave you stranded in your car. Some common items to keep in your car include non-perishable food items, kitty litter or sand for traction when stuck, emergency blankets, first-aid kits, flashlights, water bottles, phone chargers, and snow shovels.
- Keep the gas tank half-full: Make sure that your gas tank is at least half-full at all times during the winter season. In the event your car gets stuck or stranded, keeping your gas tank as far from empty as possible will ensure you have a source of heat in emergency situations.
- Tell someone your driving plans: In the event you have to venture out during a storm or hazardous driving conditions, be sure to let a relative, friend, or coworker know your destination and your expected arrival time.