As Fort Bragg braces for winter driving, there are some precautions that service members, civilians and other motorists can take.
According to Victor Wooten, safety specialist, Installation Safety Office, one of the first things motorists should do is clear all ice or snow off the vehicle before getting in the vehicle. The next step is to warm up the vehicle.
Warming up helps the oil to move smoothly enough to properly lubricate the engine.
Other tips offered by Wooten, which he said were pulled from the National Highway Transportation Safety Association include:
Have seasonal maintenance conducted. For instance, check tire pressure, battery and hoses, etc.
Keep supplies stocked in the back of the car with items such as a snow shovel and ice scraper; abrasive material such as sand or kitty litter in case the vehicle gets stuck in the snow; jumper cables, flashlight, flares and markers; blankets; and a cell phone charger, water, food and any necessary medicine.
Motorists have to take certain factors into consideration when driving in winter.
“Know that you may have to increase distance between vehicles in adverse weather conditions,” Wooten said.
The stopping distance is increased for conditions such as black ice or rain, he explained. In adverse weather, visibility may be reduced, as well.
“Given the unpredictable weather conditions that we’ve been having, keep your (gas) tank above half a tank so you don’t get stranded,” he said.
Also, the American Automobile Association advises motorists not to drive when fatigued, do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface, and finally, stay home.
Don’t go out if it isn’t necessary.