Know Before You Go!
Maine’s winters can be harsh so take time to get ready.
- Brush snow and ice off your vehicle including windows, lights, brake lights and turning signals. It will help keep you safe and protect those driving around you. Ice and snow flying off moving vehicles can be a hazard to others. If your headlights and turn signals are covered with snow, other drivers may not see you in time to slow down or stop, especially if roads are slick or visibility is poor.
- Allow extra time to reach your destination safely.
- Before winter arrives, check your vehicles tires, wiper blades, battery, fluids, lights, belts and hoses. You don’t want to find out the hard way in the middle of a winter storm that routine maintenance had been ignored.
- Throughout the winter season keep your fuel tank topped off. If you should become stuck in snow and have to wait for help, run your engine a few minutes at a time and open the window slightly to ensure adequate ventilation.
Just like you stock your home when a big storm is coming, stock your car before the first snowflake falls.
- Ice scrapper
- Booster cables
- Small bag of sand for wheel traction
- Small shovel
- Safety flares
- Extra gloves, coats, hats
- Bottled water, pre-packaged nuts & nutrition bars
Check weather reports and driving conditions. If the weather or road conditions are bad, consider staying off the roads.
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