The Pulse Blog
Jan 22 2013

Cold - no, FRIGID! - Weather Driving Preparedness

Pulse is headquartered and manufactured in Indianapolis, Indiana, a beautiful Midwestern city about three hours south of Chicago, Illinois. While we usually don’t get nearly as cold as the Windy City, we do most definitely have significant cold spells here, and know how to keep ourselves safe while driving when the thermometer dips into the single-digits.

First, check over your car. Make sure your battery is in good shape, and you have plenty of anti-freeze and windshield washer fluid. Look at your tires: having good tire tread is always important, and even more so when driving on roads that may be slick. Get advice from your mechanic on proper tire pressure, and make sure you maintain it.

Next, put together a kit to keep in your car, just in case you get stranded. The kit should include blankets, an extra hat and gloves, a basic first aid kit, a flashlight, and booster cables. It’s also a good idea to carry a small snow shovel (some auto supply stores even have folding ones) and a bag of salt or sand. If you happen to get stuck, all you have to do is toss some underneath your tires, and you will have the traction you need to get back on the road.

Finally, don’t forget your ice scraper, preferably one with a nice long handle and a snow brush on it. Driving with chunks of snow flying off your car isn’t only annoying to the drivers around you, it’s also very dangerous. Let’s all be considerate, and help keep each other safe on the roads this winter.

Now, time to bundle up!

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