Winter Driving Can Be Stressful
Tips to Help You be Better Prepared
Winter Driving Cartoon provided by military cartoonist Pat Hrabe, creator of TubeDaze.com
Whether you are a veteran of cold winter weather driving or if you are experiencing the hazards of snowy or icy roads for the first time, there are some steps you can take to be better prepared and fight off unwanted stress.
In order to stay safe on the road, the Safety Center advises that Sailors do a number of things to prepare for driving. “Sailors need to plan their trips,” said Bonnie Revell, traffic safety specialist. “They need to be aware of the weather, carry emergency kits, blankets, some extra sand in the vehicle (to weigh down the rear) and the most important thing is, slow down for the circumstances that you’ll be driving in.”
Stop and make a plan. Prepare for the unexpected.
10 Winter Driving Tips to Lower Your Stress Level:
- Determine if you “can travel later?”
- In addition to an emergency kit, have a shovel, snack, water, gloves, scraper with a brush on one end and flash light
- Fill up with fuel
- Give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination
- Don’t drive under extreme fatigue or text while driving
- Check your windshield wiper blades for wear and tear, replace if necessary
- Increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.
- Avoid sudden breaking, accelerating too quickly or harsh steering in slippery conditions
- Let someone know you are traveling and what time you expect to arrive
- If visibility becomes poor find a safe place to pull off the road
-Be sure to check your installations website or Facebook page for possible installation closures or delays in reporting for non-essential personnel.
- Watch the local news weather report for possible school delays or cancellations.
Driving in adverse weather conditions can be very stressful. Taking the extra time to make a plan and prepare is the key to winter safety risk management and to lowering your stress level.