Take precautions for winter driving
By Jamey Toney, ChFC®, CFP®
Reliable transportation is essential in the winter. It is especially important to keep your vehicle in top operating condition to avoid any unpleasant or dangerous situations while traveling in frigid weather.
Preparing your vehicle for the winter season and taking proper precautions are the keys to safe winter driving.
•Fill antifreeze and wiper fluids to the proper levels.
•Make sure tires are properly inflated and tread is in good condition.
•Equip car with proper materials in the event of an emergency (blankets, food, water, flashlight, ice scraper, cell phone and extra clothing).
•Keep your gas tank full. You may use more gas while traveling because it may be necessary to change routes or turn back during a bad storm.
•Start early and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
•Clear snow and ice from the hood, roof and all windows and lights before driving. Be sure to keep your headlights on in snowy conditions.
•Brake carefully and early. It takes more time to stop in adverse conditions.
•Look farther ahead in traffic than normal. Actions of other drivers’ vehicles will alert you to problems and give you the extra time to safely react.
•Stay with your vehicle if it stalls and try to conserve fuel while maintaining warmth. Be alert to any possible exhaust or carbon monoxide problems.
For more information visit www.countryfinancial.com under the Tools and Resources tab. Jamey Toney, CFP®, ChFC® is an exclusive multi-line agent with COUNTRY Financial. He holds a Chartered Financial Consultant designation and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER. For more information call 770-985-9757.
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