Get A Grip On Winter Driving
Preparation Can Prevent Emergencies Roadside
Winter driving can be treacherous – and avoiding travel when
conditions are nasty is the best idea – but when travel can't be put
off, taking some simple precautions can turn a potential roadside
emergency into a mere delay – and you might be able to help out a
fellow traveler too.
Have A Backup Plan
The best backup is one you don't have to think about. The only thing
more valuable than the peace of mind emergency roadside assistance
service can provide is the help itself. Roadside assistance plans that
cover towing/winching, emergency fluid or battery replacement, and
tire changes can pay for themselves in just one call. When shopping
(or evaluating your current service) be sure to look for the distance
covered by your tow plan. The cheapest roadside assistance plans may
ask for lots more cash if you need to go more than 3-5 miles.
Towbusters roadside assistance, which you can get at Acceptance Insurance, covers up to 25 miles of
towing, and has other great features. Bonus points for getting
Towbusters Plus, which can pay you back for some red light and
It's also a good idea to let others know your travel plans when you're
heading out in uncertain weather. Carrying a battery charger for your
cellphone is a great idea – carrying a battery charger for your car is
even better – they even make devices that do both.
Protect Yourself From The Elements
No matter how short you think your drive may be, having supplies that
will keep you safe and warm for hours at the ready is key. Keeping
emergency blankets, extra hats, gloves, and making sure you've got
sturdy boots in case you need to trudge to safety are all important.
Consider having some water and snacks in the car, too. Bonus points
for keeping a high-visibility vest in the car so you can be seen at
Get A Grip
All-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive don't give you more grip on snowy or
icy roads. Snow tires are the best way to help you stay on the road in
the winter, but can be expensive. Tire chains are a great compromise –
and new plastic-metal hybrids are lightweight and inexpensive. Talk to
an expert about the solution that is best for your vehicle and needs.
Keeping kitty litter or road salt in the car is a classic DIY solution
when you've got a tire or two on an icy patch – but a more versatile
solution would be snow traction mats. Bonus points for carrying a
shovel, and extra bonus ‘dad' points for keeping matches, a candle and
an old coffee can (for melting snow). Winching service – where your
car gets pulled back on the road and you can keep driving – is the
ultimate fix in this scenario (and is part of Towbusters coverage.)
You Can't Be Too Careful
Technology like traction control, anti-lock brakes, and
all-wheel/4-wheel drive are helpful, but often provide a false sense
of security. If you're not used to driving in snow or ice, go slowly.
Practice in an open parking lot where you can't do any damage. Driving
on ice and snow is dangerous – but with practice and preparation you
can enjoy all that winter has to offer. Stay safe, stay covered!