weather can be both frightening and dangerous for automobile travel.
Motorists should know the safety rules for dealing with winter road
emergencies. AAA reminds motorists to be cautious while driving in
adverse weather. For more information on winter driving, the association
offers the How to Go on Ice and Snow brochure, available through most AAA offices.
AAA recommends the following winter driving tips:
Avoid driving while youíre fatigued. Getting the proper amount of
rest before taking on winter weather tasks reduces driving risks.
Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
Make certain your tires are properly inflated.
Never mix radial tires with other tire types.
Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up.
If possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy and snowy weather.
Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface (wet, ice, sand).
Always look and steer where you want to go.
Use your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle.
Watch weather reports prior to a long-distance drive or before
driving in isolated areas. Delay trips when especially bad weather is
expected. If you must leave, let others know your route, destination and
estimated time of arrival.
Always make sure your vehicle is in peak operating condition by having it inspected by a AAA Approved Auto Repair facility.
Keep at least half a tank of gasoline in your vehicle at all times.
a cellular telephone with your local AAAís telephone number, plus
blankets, gloves, hats, food, water and any needed medication in your
If you become snow-bound, stay with your vehicle. It
provides temporary shelter and makes it easier for rescuers to locate
you. Donít try to walk in a severe storm. Itís easy to lose sight of
your vehicle in blowing snow and become lost.
Donít over exert yourself if you try to push or dig your vehicle out of the snow.
a brightly colored cloth to the antenna or place a cloth at the top of a
rolled up window to signal distress. At night, keep the dome light on
if possible. It only uses a small amount of electricity and will make it
easier for rescuers to find you.
Make sure the exhaust pipe
isnít clogged with snow, ice or mud. A blocked exhaust could cause
deadly carbon monoxide gas to leak into the passenger compartment with
the engine running.
Use whatever is available to insulate your body from the cold. This could include floor mats, newspapers or paper maps.
If possible run the engine and heater just long enough to remove the chill and to conserve gasoline.
Tips for driving in the snow:
Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to
accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids.
Donít try to get moving in a hurry. And take time to slow down for a
stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating,
stopping, turning Ė nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement. Give
yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly.
The normal dry
pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased
to eight to ten seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide
the longer distance needed if you have to stop.
brakes. Whether you have antilock brakes or not, the best way to stop is
threshold breaking. Keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the
ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal.
stop if you can avoid it. Thereís a big difference in the amount of
inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it
takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to
keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.
up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads just starts your
wheels spinning. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the
hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest
of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed down hill as slowly as
Donít stop going up a hill. Thereís nothing worse than
trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some inertia going
on a flat roadway before you take on the hill.
Stay home. If you
really donít have to go out, donít. Even if you can drive well in the
snow, not everyone else can. Donít tempt fate: If you donít have
somewhere you have to be, watch the snow from indoors.
The Master Mechanics & Napa Auto Parts Give Back.
The Master Mechanics awarded $500 of free auto repair
and Napa Auto Parts awarded $500 of free auto parts to school student,
Kayshaun Fitzgerald as part of the Napa Auto Care "Nominate Someone in
Need" program. Friends, neighbors, churches and others could all
nominate someone they felt needed their cars repaired. Those
nominated were chosen in November. This was a great way for all the
Napa Auto Care repair shops to give back to the community. All of
us at The Master Mechanics enjoyed helping someone in our
community in need. Picture George Warehime presents
Kayshaun with his keys
The Master Mechanics Annual Holiday Food Collection For
The Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen .
The Master Mechanics customers received $15 off their auto repair or service and helped others when they donated 10 cans
of food for The Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen.