What's the hot topic among Checkered Flag fans today? Well, it seems like all of us in Hampton Raods just can't stop talking about this insane weather we are having this week. Snow then 70's, what felt like the tornado scene from The Wizard of Oz, and now, a chance of flurries in the morning. Our wacky Hampton Roads weather season is officially on.
While we don't get too much snow here in Tidewater, we do see plenty of wind, rain, and ice. Here are some suggestions from the National Safety Council to make sure that you and your vehicle are prepared for the coming frigid months.
At any temperature -- 20° Fahrenheit below zero or 90° Fahrenheit above -- weather affects road and driving conditions and can pose serious problems. It is important to monitor forecasts on the Web, radio, TV, cable weather channel, or in the daily papers.
Prepare your car for winter. Start with a checkup that includes:
* Checking the ignition, brakes, wiring, hoses and fan belts.
* Changing and adjusting the spark plugs.
* Checking the air, fuel and emission filters, and the PCV valve.
* Inspecting the distributor.
* Checking the battery.
* Checking the tires for air, sidewall wear and tread depth.
* Checking antifreeze levels and the freeze line.
* Your car should have a tune-up from one of 6 Rairdon locations. (Check the owner's manual for the recommended interval) to ensure better gas mileage, quicker starts and faster response on pick-up and passing power.
An emergency situation on the road can arise at any time and you must be prepared. In addition to making sure you have the tune-up, a full tank of gas, and fresh anti-freeze, you should carry the following items in your trunk:
* Properly inflated spare tire, wheel wrench and tripod-type jack
* Jumper cables
* Tow and tire chains
* Bag of salt or cat litter
* Tool kit
* Essential Supplies
Be prepared with a "survival kit" that should always remain in the car. Replenish after use. Essential supplies include:
* Working flashlight and extra batteries
* Reflective triangles and brightly-colored cloth
* First aid kit
* Exterior windshield cleaner
* Ice scraper and snow brush
* Wooden stick matches in a waterproof container
* Scissors and string/cord
* Non-perishable, high-energy foods like unsalted canned nuts, dried fruits, and hard candy.
* In addition, if you are driving long distances under cold, snowy, and icy conditions, you should also carry supplies to keep you warm such as heavy woolen mittens, socks, a cap and blankets.
If You Become Stranded...
Do not leave your car unless you know exactly where you are, how far it is to possible help, and are certain you will improve your situation.
To attract attention, light two flares and place one at each end of the car a safe distance away. Hang a brightly colored cloth from your antenna.
If you are sure the car's exhaust pipe is not blocked, run the engine and heater for about 10 minutes every hour or so depending upon the amount of gas in the tank.
To protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia use the woolen items and blankets to keep warm.
Keep at least one window open slightly. Heavy snow and ice can seal a car shut.
Eat a hard candy to keep your mouth moist.
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Now, if you are like me, you don't have a whole lot of time on your hands between family and friends and work and holiday madness, so I suggest, do as I do and bring your car or truck in to your nearest Checkered Flag Service location and ask for winterizing specials. While you are there, you can swing over to the parts department and pick up safety equipment, first aid kits, and even assorted gifts for the auto-lovers on your list.
If you would like to schedule winterizing or any other service at Checkered Flag Service call (757)490-1111 or choose the following link: Virginia Beach Service Center
Article courtesy of [Rairdon.com]