The recent arctic blast that bulldozed the country meant that our newsfeed has been blowing up with articles about unnecessary deaths of drivers who fell victim to winter weather driving. Sadly, headlines saying things like “Woman Dies in Car within Walking Distance of Destination,” and “Victim Found Dead in Car on Way Home From Work,” are all too common.
Those who work in professional towing and recovery know that the dangers of getting caught in the snow are serious and often times fatal.
Succumbing to a Winter Driving Mishap
When the temperature drops below freezing the world quickly becomes a very unforgiving place. A recent article from a Columbus OH television station points out how those in our industry are working overtime during these storms to keep the roads clear of broken down vehicles and to keep their drivers safe.
Avoid Cold Weather Dangers
It’s always a good idea to avoid getting on the roads if you anticipate any type of dangerous road conditions. But as discussed, freezing weather is not just bad weather. It’s weather that can kill.
If you can’t change your travel plans to avoid heading out on snow covered or icy roads, follow these driving tips and survival suggestions.
- Always wear your seat belt.
- Make sure that your tires are properly inflated, that your gas tank is full and that your car isn’t experiencing any neglected, ongoing issues.
- Pack survival supplies within easy reach of your passenger compartment, preferably in your back seat.
- What constitutes survival supplies? We’re glad you asked: blankets, flash light, shovel, cat litter, first aid kit, ice scraper, jumper cables, fresh water, food items that won’t spoil, phone charger, matches or lighter, tool kit, extra coat, clothing and boots.
- Drive slowly and avoid sudden stops. Braking can cause loss of steering control on ice and snow.
- Disengage your cruise control. You want to be in complete control of the car at all times.
- Although keeping the car running as long as possible might be a good idea to maintain warmth, it’s important to keep the exhaust pipe clear of obstructions such as snow to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
Stranded in the Snow in St Clair County?
Call Paule Towing. Paulie’s 24-hour service is unsurpassed. We are available for towing and emergency roadside assistance 24/7. Our office is generally open 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday and 9:00 am to 2:30 pm on Saturdays.
We are Belleville’s Go-To Truck and Car Towing service, Auto Recovery and Roadside Service company. We’re known for our dependability, fairness and are well-known for offering the most affordable rates of any towing company in the Belleville area.
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