AUBURN HILLS, MI – With the first blast of winter at our steps for the 2014/2015 winter season, the Auburn Hills Police want to remind drivers of safe travel tips before hitting the roads.
If you plan to travel during the winter, they recommend you stay abreast of local weather reports. When the forecasters are predicting threatening weather, the best bet is to seek shelter and wait out the storm.
Knowing the road conditions can mean the difference between arriving on-time or not arriving at all.
Those who travel even during the worst of times are advised to carry a winter storm supply kit in their vehicle. Assemble a separate disaster supplies kit for the trunk of each car used by members of your family that includes:
• Blankets or sleeping bag.
• Extra sets of dry clothing.
• A windshield scraper.
• A shovel.
• A container of sand.
• Tire chains.
• Battery booster (“jumper”) cables.
• A tow chain or rope.
• First aid kit.
• Flashlight or emergency light with extra batteries.
• Transistor radio with extra batteries. – You can find these that have a crank too.
• A brightly colored cloth.
• A high calorie, nonperishable food.
Another item that might make the difference is a fully charged cell phone. If you are stranded in your car during a blizzard, make a call and wait for help to arrive. Do not try to walk to safety.
Avoid Traveling By Car In A Winter Storm, But If You Must Travel…
• Have emergency supplies in the trunk.
• Keep your car’s gas tank full for emergency use and to keep the fuel lines from freezing.
• Travel during daylight and let someone know your destination and route.