Safe Vehicle Operation and Working Off-Premise
During the coming months, much of the country will be in the throes of winter, dealing with snowy and icy conditions. It can be a dangerous time to be on the road. By using the following tips, as well as the information provided in the materials below, we’re confident you can safely overcome the challenges of winter vehicle operation.
Winterize your vehicle:
- Get a tune-up and be sure to check the battery levels.
- Check radiator coolant and sturdiness of hoses and belts.
- Check for burned out headlights, tail lights and turn signals.
- Check tire tread and wear — minimum tread is 1/16″ for adequate traction.
- Make sure brakes are in proper working order.
- Keep spare window washer fluid in the trunk and make sure the washer blades are in good working condition.
Prepare a winter emergency kit:
- At least two blankets or a sleeping bag
- Flashlight or battery-powered lantern and extra batteries
- Jumper cables
- Emergency flares
- Extra clothing, particularly boots, hats and mittens
- A steel shovel and rope
- Bottled water or juice and nonperishable high-energy foods (granola bars, raisins, nuts, crackers, etc.)
- First-aid kit and necessary medications
- Sand or non-clumping cat litter for tire traction for times your vehicle gets stuck in snow or ice
Browse our library materials below and the sections on the right for more information.