If you live in the Hudson River Valley, you know that cold weather usually brings snow to Poughkeepsie and surrounding areas. Drivers have an increased risk of accidents when traveling on slick, icy, slushy roads.
Before you get caught up in the bustle of back-to-school time, take these steps to prepare for winter and stay safe in your vehicle through the holiday season and beyond.
Maintain your car
Prior to venturing out in winter weather, test your vehicle’s battery and replace it if it has limited life left. Refill coolant, windshield cleaner and other fluids. Refresh windshield wipers by switching old blades for new ones. Schedule an appointment with your mechanic for an oil change and other maintenance services.
Keep the gas tank filled at least halfway at all times in cold weather. If you have a hybrid or electric car, plug it in when not driving. Use a thermal pack to preserve battery health.
Inflate your tires regularly and replace them when the tread starts to wear down.
Pack emergency supplies
Stock your car with essentials in case you get stuck in the cold. AAA recommends blankets and warm clothing, water and food, medications, emergency flares, an extra cell phone charger and battery, and a flashlight.
In addition to preparing your car, get ready to drive in winter by refreshing your knowledge. Slow your speed and do not use cruise control. If you need to stop, apply firm, steady pressure to the brakes.
These tips can help you avoid a serious auto accident injury this winter.