The National Weather Service has predicted harsh weather conditions for today and much of tomorrow. Dangerously cold temperatures are expected throughout the day and into the evening hours. A wind chill warning is in effect until 12pm on Thursday. Light snow is also expected throughout the day and into the evening.
Attached are some basic safety tips when driving your vehicle in these harsh conditions.
- Keep at least half a tank of gasoline in your vehicle at all times.
- Pack a cellular telephone, and cellular phone charger, plus blankets, gloves, hats, food, water and any needed medication in your vehicle.
- If you become snow-bound, stay with your vehicle. It provides temporary shelter and makes it easier for rescuers to locate you. Don’t try to walk in a severe storm. It’s easy to lose sight of your vehicle in blowing snow and become lost.
- Don’t over exert yourself if you try to push or dig your vehicle out of the snow.
- Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna or place a cloth at the top of a rolled up window to signal distress. At night, keep the dome light on if possible. It only uses a small amount of electricity and will make it easier for rescuers to find you.
- Make sure the exhaust pipe isn’t clogged with snow, ice or mud. A blocked exhaust could cause deadly carbon monoxide gas to leak into the passenger compartment with the engine running.
- Use whatever is available to insulate your body from the cold. This could include floor mats, newspapers or paper maps.
- If possible run the engine and heater just long enough to remove the chill and to conserve gasoline.
- Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
- Make certain your tires are properly inflated.
- Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up.
- Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface (wet, ice).
- Always use your seat belt when driving and make sure your passengers use a seat belt.