If you are going to travel on wintertime, you should take some special precautions. If you are going to ski or snowboard, you should wear several layers of clothing, a helmet, and glasses or goggles. And be aware all the time because it’s best to avoid frozen lakes and rivers because drowning is a leading cause of this sport’s accidents.
Driving a car is not an easy thing in wintry weather. If you’re an inexperienced driver, your better try to stay off the road during bad weather. To practice, ask someone with winter driving experience to take you to a vacant parking lot where you can practice driving, turning, and stopping in the snow.
If you have to travel, keep your car gassed up so that the fuel lines don’t freeze. Don’t forget to clean snow off taillights and headlights. Watch out for slow-moving vehicles like snowplows.
Put together a car emergency kit that contains:
- An ice scraper and a snow brush
- A bag of sand or cat litter (for traction in snow)
- A blanket
- A flashlight and batteries
- A first-aid kit
- Nonperishable snack foods
- A candle and matches
- A cup in case you need to melt snow for water
- If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle. Run the heater occasionally to keep warm, but avoid carbon monoxide poisoning by making sure your tailpipe isn’t plugged by snow or other debris.