Vehicle accidents are often a cause of power outages. Take some simple steps that will help you be prepared this winter as you get behind the wheel.

  • Maintain your car: check the battery, tire tread, windshield wipers, windows and antifreeze.
  • Have on hand: flashlight, jumper cables, abrasive material shovel, ice scraper, flares and and blankets.
  • Plan your route: allow plenty of time, be familiar with the directions, and let others know your route.
  • Practice cold weather driving: during the daylight, rehearse maneuvers slowly in an empty lot.
  • Know what your brakes will do: stomp on antilock brakes, pump on non-antilock brakes.
  • Don’t idle excessively: avoid long stretches of time with the windows up or in an enclosed space.
  • Stopped or stalled? Stay in your car, don’t overexert yourself, put bright markers on your antenna or windows and shine the dome light.

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