Prepare To Be Towed On Snowy Roads

Each and every year, on average, more than 6,000 people are killed and more than 480,000 are hurt because of weather-related vehicle crashes. If you need to drive in snow or freezing temperatures, the greatest thing that you may be equipped with is information. That’s why Car Craft Oakville wants the folks of Mehlville, Arnold, Lemay, and Oakville, MO to be prepared. Go slow in the snow. Black ice can be hard to see. If the temperature is close to freezing, drive like you’re on ice since you may be on ice!

Prior to leaving the house, especially before a lengthier trip in the wintertime, ensure all fluid levels are full and make certain that the lights, heater, and windshield wipers in proper condition. Keep the gas tank near full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines. Avoid traveling alone. Let someone know your timetable and primary and alternate routes. Then call 511 for the most recent traffic and road incidents, including construction and weather conditions and restrictions. Every state provides this Department of Transportation service. Call before you leave, it might change your plans!

auto body collision repair center oakville missouri paintless dent repair st louis missouriFully check and winterize your vehicle before the winter season begins. Carry a winter storm survival kit which includes the following:

  • Mobile phone, charger, batteries
  • Blankets/sleeping bags
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Knife
  • High-calorie, non-perishable food
  • Extra clothing to keep dry
  • Large empty can to utilize as emergency toilet, tissues, and paper towels for hygienic purposes
  • Small can and waterproof matches to melt snow for drinking water
  • Sack of sand or cat litter for traction
  • Shovel
  • Windshield scraper and brush
  • Tool kit
  • Tow rope
  • Battery booster cables
  • Water container
  • Candle and matches to give light in a crisis and lifesaving heat.
  • Compass and road maps, do not depend on mobile devices with limited battery life.

If you need to drive during a storm, consider the following precautions:

  • Slow down! Even if the roads simply look wet they can still be slick. More than 6,000 deaths occur on the roadways every year due to weather conditions, to say nothing of the large volumes of auto body accidents that cause dent damage to Oakville, MO cars.
  • Make sure your automobile is totally clear of ice or snow before commencing the trip. Flying snow from vehicles causes automobile accidents.
  • Let somebody know where you're going and what route you will take. If something happens, this person will know where to start a search.
  • Avoid leaving the house without a completely charged mobile phone and car charger and an emergency supplies kit in your vehicle.
  • If you are driving and begin to skid, remain calm, ease your foot off the gas, and turn your wheels in the direction you would like the front of the automobile to go. If you've got an anti-lock braking system (ABS), apply consistent pressure to the brake pedal. Never pump the brakes on an ABS-equipped vehicle.
  • If you're having problems seeing due to weather conditions, pull over to the side of the road and stop your car until visibility improves. Turn off your lights and use your parking break when stopped so that another car won't erroneously follow your tail/brake lights and wind up hitting you.

If your vehicle gets stuck during a storm:

  • Remain in your vehicle! If you leave the car, you will become disoriented quickly in wind-driven snow and cold. Run the engine about ten minutes every hour for heat. While running the motor, open the window a little for fresh air in order to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Clear snow from the exhaust pipe in order to prevent gas poisoning.
  • Be obvious to rescuers. Turn on the dome light at night when running the engine. Tie a bright colored cloth, ideally red, to your antenna or door. After snow stops falling, raise the hood to indicate you require help.

Never underestimate the power of Mother Nature to leave you in a bad spot. Be prepared to deal with situations like extreme winter weather while you're on the road. If you wish to avoid an auto body accident in the St. Louis, MO area, you'd do well to heed these tips. If you find yourself getting into a car accident, consider going to Car Craft Oakville in Oakville, MO.

Graphic and information courtesy of National Weather Service.