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TIPS FOR SAFE DRIVING IN DANGEROUS WEATHER

Posted on Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 at 1:38 pm    

The United States Department of Homeland Security offers these safety tips to help avoid dangerous problems created by dangerous weather:

• Plan long trips carefully and check the weather forecast before heading out. If bad weather is forecast, drive only if absolutely necessary.

• Check or have a mechanic check the following items on your car:

1. Antifreeze levels
2. Battery and ignition systems
3. Brakes
4. Exhaust system
5. Fuel and air filters
6. Heater and defroster
7. Lights and flashing hazard lights
8. Oil
9. Thermostat
10. Windshield wiper equipment

You or your mechanic should be sure that all of these systems are in good working order before heading out, particularly in bad or potentially dangerous weather.

Additional things to keep in mind, according to the Department of Homeland Security:

• Keep your gas tank full

• Never drive through a flooded area. Even as little as 6” of water can cause a vehicle to lose control and possibly stall. In a foot of water, many cars will float.

• Beware of areas where floodwaters have receded. Floodwaters may have weakened the roadway and could cause a collapse under the weight of a car.

• If a power line falls on your car, you are at risk of electrical shock and should remain in your car until a trained person removes the wire.

• Winter weather requires that tires with adequate tread for winter weather driving, and you should make sure that your tires are the type suited for winter driving conditions and not designed solely for summertime driving.

Source: www.ready.gov/car