Safe Winter Driving Tips
Congested roadways, snowy driving conditions and roadblocks are all more common during the winter, especially around the holidays. It can be a challenge to continue to drive safely during winter with these types of conditions. Using a few simple tips can keep you on the road and help you arrive at your destination safely.
Turn Your Cell Phone Off
Most states now have laws prohibiting the use of mobile phones while driving but it can be tempting to glance at the screen when you receive an alert, even if you don’t answer the call or text while driving. Turning your phone off ensures you aren’t distracted and allows you to focus on the road.
Take Your Time
Congested roadways can cause delays that leave you feeling rushed and frustrated. During winter you may want to leave earlier than you usually would to reach your destination on time, particularly if the road is snowy and around the holidays. A little spare time will ensure you don’t try to rush through heavy traffic and help you concentrate on your surroundings rather than the clock.
Watch the Weather
Weather alerts can help you identify any potential problems with your route during the winter. Some roadways may become impassable or dangerous during seasonal storms. Weather information typically includes which roads in your area should be avoided and which have been cleared for safe passage. You can also make arrangements to share road and weather information with your manufactured home community neighbors that can make your daily commute safer.
Protect Your Car
Nothing is more frustrating than trying to get into a car that is covered in snow or ice. A garage is ideal for winter weather but for those living in a manufactured home there are also other options. Cover your car with a piece of plastic sheeting or install a carport to ensure your car is ready to go when you are. Even those living in regions with mild winters can benefit from covering their automobile to protect it from the elements.
Regardless of the weather conditions, you will want to pack a basic emergency kit in your car. Water, a few snacks, some basic tools and an emergency cell phone with a fully charged battery can be vital if you become stranded. You can use an old mobile phone to contact emergency services even if the phone is no longer in use through a regular provider. In colder climates, add a few warm blankets, extra clothes and warm socks for each member of the family in case you become stuck in icy conditions on the road.