Snowcautions: Winter Driving Hazards

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This winter, Stillman and Friedland have already posted our tips for winterizing your car and safe driving on snowy and slippery roads. Just to re-cap, our main tip is that if the roads are really bad, stay home! We hope you stocked up on groceries before the most recent storm and stayed in for a few days without any worries. In the future, if for any reason you need to go out, first check to see which routes are passable.

TDOT is on the job clearing the roads and keeping the road maintenance fleet in shape, but if you decide to take to the roads we have some quick pointers for you:

1. If you need to get out, after clearing off your car, shoveling the drive will be the first thing you need to do to get on the road. Here’s a great video showing how to clear the drive or the sidewalk without straining your back:

Remember, if you are out of shape, do not try to shovel! Pay a service to plow, or see if the teen next door will do it for you. People really do have heart attacks from the heavy lifting and cold air exposure, and it is better to be safe than sorry.

2. Basic driving needs are visibility, snow tires, enough gas in the car, sand or kitty litter for traction in case you get stuck, and extra warm clothes or blankets. A flashlight, a reflecting vest and first kit round out your winter driving supply list.

3. Stay updated! Even after you have checked your route, use Waze or keep a local radio station on to keep on top of road conditions. Even if your route was clear before you left, accidents can change traffic conditions, and unplowed side streets leave you with fewer options for navigating around traffic stoppages.

Stillman and Friedland wish you a warm and safe snow season!

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