Tips for how to stay safe when driving during a winter storm.
— Keep at least half a tank of gas in your car.
— Make sure you have good tires.
— Get a mechanic to do a winter check.
— Make sure they look at your: battery, antifreeze, wipers, windshield fluid, ignition system, thermostat, lights, heater, brakes, defroster and oil.
— Keep an ice scraper handy and a small broom if your area is expecting snow.
Staying in your vehicle when stranded is often the safest choice if winter storms create poor visibility or if roadways are ice covered. These steps will increase your safety when stranded:
* Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna as a signal to rescuers and raise the hood of the car (if it is not snowing).
* Move anything you need from the trunk into the passenger area.
* Wrap your entire body, including your head, in extra clothing, blankets, or newspapers.
* Stay awake. You will be less vulnerable to cold-related health problems.
Run the motor (and heater) for about 10 minutes per hour, opening one window slightly to let in air. Make sure that snow is not blocking the exhaust pipe–this will reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
* As you sit, keep moving your arms and legs to improve your circulation and stay warmer.
* Do not eat unmelted snow because it will lower your body temperature.
* Huddle with other people for warmth.
BUT, the best advice we can give is to NOT drive during a severe winter storm in any of the mid-western states!