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Dec

NJ Auto Tips For Long-Distance Winter Trips

Hey Look at that – we are back with some more safety tips for driving your car during the winter months! I mean we work really hard to get you the best New Jersey auto insurance quotes, so we really want to you keep you and your car safe during these upcoming months! Tips brought to you via AAA Exchange.

Tips for long-distance winter trips: 

  • Watch weather reports prior to a long-distance drive or before
    driving in isolated areas. Delay trips when especially bad weather is
    expected. If you must leave, let others know your route, destination and
    estimated time of arrival.
  • Always make sure your vehicle is in peak operating condition by having it inspected by a AAA Approved Auto Repair facility.
  • Keep at least half a tank of gasoline in your vehicle at all times.
  • Pack a cellular telephone with your local AAA’s telephone number,
    plus blankets, gloves, hats, food, water and any needed medication in
    your vehicle.
  • If you become snow-bound, stay with your vehicle. It provides
    temporary shelter and makes it easier for rescuers to locate you. Don’t
    try to walk in a severe storm. It’s easy to lose sight of your vehicle
    in blowing snow and become lost.
  • Don’t over exert yourself if you try to push or dig your vehicle out of the snow.
  • Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna or place a cloth at the
    top of a rolled up window to signal distress. At night, keep the dome
    light on if possible. It only uses a small amount of electricity and
    will make it easier for rescuers to find you.
  • Make sure the exhaust pipe isn’t clogged with snow, ice or mud. A
    blocked exhaust could cause deadly carbon monoxide gas to leak into the
    passenger compartment with the engine running.
  • Use whatever is available to insulate your body from the cold. This could include floor mats, newspapers or paper maps.
  • If possible run the engine and heater just long enough to remove the chill and to conserve gasoline.

-Robert Catalano