LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. –
the winter season, weather and road conditions can change without warning. Motorists
should plan their trips ahead of time, to minimize the hazards associated with driving.
arranging for holiday travels, many drivers often delay vehicle preparations
for winter until the last minute.
“Most travelers tend to believe that safe driving starts after
your trip begins,” said Mark
White, 633rd Air Base Wing Safety Office occupational safety manager. “Drivers
generally put emphasis on obeying speed limits and wearing seat belts, while
those are important precautions, safe driving starts well before you get behind
should check their brakes, wiring, belts, spark plugs, battery, spare tire and
antifreeze level, as well as having an emergency kit with a flashlight, jumper
cables and road flares ready prior to departure.
White, to help to regain traction in the event that a vehicle is stuck, carry a
bag of salt or kitty litter. It is also important to have non-perishable foods,
blankets and winter clothing.
A few days
prior to a trip, individuals should check the latest forecast and radar.
“Even if the
morning’s forecast is for clear skies, weather can change rapidly along your
route, be sure to check the latest forecast and radar before heading out the
door,” said White. “If the forecast seems questionable, delay your travels when
helpful tip if traveling long distances is to have someone accompany you on the
trip. This allows each person the opportunity to share driving responsibilities.
If members decide to travel alone, inform a fellow service or family member of
your route of travel, expected arrival times and contact information.
White, one of the most important steps to take prior to starting a trip is to
always get enough sleep. While many depend solely on caffeinated drinks to keep
them awake, research has found that the only cure for fatigue is rest and
information on winter driving safety, contact the 633rd ABW Safety Office at 225-7390.
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