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Weather Changes are Coming – How to Prepare

25 Oct Blog | Comments

It doesn’t matter where you live at some point there will be weather changes. Now, your weather changes may not change things as drastically as it does in Ohio, going from 95+ degrees to 25 degrees and 6 inches of snow. But maybe where you are it gets colder and rains more which could cause fog, downpours or mudslides. No matter where you live you should always keep your car ready for whatever time of year it is.

If it is really hot outside you will want to make sure your air conditioner is in good working condition. You should also do things like check your tire pressure. This can be done anytime, but it is much easier done in the dry summer, versus a wet, be it from rain or snow, winter. You should also take a look at the tread on your tires. Other things you can do to prepare for weather changes, in the summer, include having your belts looked at, check all the fluids, and make sure your spare tire is in good working condition. It is also a good idea to have water in your car, but make sure you change it out often.

It is also a great idea to have an emergency kit in your car, for when the weather changes, that includes things like: jumper cables, a jack, flashlight, flares, work gloves, change of clothes, first aid kit. The emergency kit is important to have at all times for all types of weather changes. In colder weather is it always a good idea to add a blanket, a couple cans of non-perishable food, and a jug of water.

If it is during a colder part of the year, when weather changes happen,  you will want to check other things. You will want to make sure your heater works properly. You will also want to make sure your wiper blades are in very good working condition. It is also a good idea to get an engine tune up and get your battery checked out. And, depending on where you live you may want to throw a snow brush in your car, an extra set of gloves, an umbrella, and perhaps even an extra jacket.

Another thing to keep in mind is that when there are weather changes, like snow, rain, a very bright morning, fog, etc… you need to be more aware.  Most people tend to drive more slowly under any of those conditions. That means that traffic will slow down, which will mean what is normally a 15 minute drive into work just became a 25 minute drive into work. You will want to make sure you give yourself enough time to get to work, or get your kids to school. In some parts of the country deer come out much more during times of the year. If you aren’t paying attention you could end up in a very bad accident either trying to avoid hitting the deer or actually hitting one.

Weather changes come in all different forms. No matter what those weather changes are for you, in your part of the world, you will want to make sure you stay focused on the road. Doing other things like: texting, eating, putting on makeup/shaving, listening to the radio or talking to friends that are in the car, create dangerous distractions.

Those distractions can keep you from fully paying attention to the road and when you are not paying attention you miss things like: pedestrians, a car in front of you stopping suddenly, a deer or other animal running in front of your car, a dangerously deep puddle of water, and/or a detour that you were not aware of. All of those hazards can be very dangerous to a driver who is not paying attention. So be aware of those weather changes and be prepared.

 

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