Cold weather tips for the road

The new year is off to a freezing start across the Southeast, so now is the best time to make sure you  and your vehicle are ready for the cold.

ICE ON THE ROADS? Don’t panic!

We saw a lot of ice and snow cripple South Georgia just a few days into 2018. Auto club AAA advises drivers to accelerate and decelerate slowly: failure to do either could cause you to lose control. Give extra distance to other drivers, and try to maintain a constant speed up and down hills.

If you get into an accident, here are some tips.

DID YOU KNOW? Tire pressure drops 1 psi for every 10 degrees colder outside.

Research from a leading tire manufacturer shows that changing temperatures can have a direct impact on pressure. Inflate your tires to the proper pressure. Too much or too little air could impact how your vehicle handles on the road. This is true once it warms-up too, so keep an eye on the weather and your wheels.

WHAT TO PACK? Safety experts say keep an emergency kit in your vehicle at all times.

Ready.Georgia suggests drivers pack some essential items in their vehicle in the event they get stuck — whether in a cold setting or not. Items like a flashlight, extra batteries, jumper cables, a First Aid kit, blanket, bottles of water and energy bars just to name a few. These items last for a long time and come in handy if you suffer vehicle trouble. Kits are available for purchase at retailers in Metro Atlanta or online.

Ashenden & Associates wants to keep you safe this winter. If you have been injured as a result of a winter weather accident, we can help. Contact us here.

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