AAA offers winter driving tips, recommendations

MISSOULA COUNTY

Faith Cronin By Faith Smith, KECI Reporter, fcronin@keci.com
POSTED: 10:52 PM Nov 07 2012
AAA offers winter driving tips, recommendations
MISSOULA, Mont. -

With the winter months nearly upon us, now is the time to make sure your car is prepped for the road ahead.

Montana roads and highways can turn deadly during the winter months and AAA has a few helpful tips and pointers for folks to stay safe if they break down during the chilly winter months.

AAA recommends keeping a flashlight, blanket and shovel in your vehicle.  It’s also a good idea to keep a spare coat, hat and gloves in your vehicle, as well as spare food and water.

They recommend a small bag of sand, salt or cat litter to spread around tires to increase traction.

AAA says to keep a cell phone, jumper cables and warning devices like flares or triangles in your vehicle.  Those will help get the attention of rescue workers if they need to find you.

AAA recommends a few winter driving tips for longer trips – Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up.  If you become snowbound stay in your vehicle and wait for rescuers to locate you.  Do not try and walk in a severe storm.

If snowbound AAA recommends tying a brightly colored cloth to the antenna or in a rolled up window and leaving the dome light on if possible.  These things will make it easier for rescuers to find you.

Lastly they recommend running the engine and heater just long enough to remove the chill and to conserve gas. 

To read the full list of AAA winter driving tips click here.