Preparing A Home
Driving on Slick Roads
Plan B - Survival
Preparing For and Driving in Winter Conditions
Preparing Your Auto
The following are the basic steps
to preparing your auto for cold winter temperatures.
Have your car serviced and have all these things done, the cost should be
minimal (usually less than $50.00 in most places in the U.S.)
Include these items and all items above, if traveling in remote
areas with little civilization on highways or back roads.
- A Whistle
- several Shake up type hand warmers.
- a good book
- state maps or map book covering travel areas.
- a compass
- water purifying tablets
- a small manual can opener.
- 1 spool masons string.
- A small Backpack (can be used to store some of the items.)
- A 10'X12' Tarp or small Hiking Tent
- 50' 1/4" Nylon Rope
- small fish hooks, small split shot sinkers and a spool of 10lb.
- a lighter or waterproof matches
- a Wire Saw (available where camping equipment is sold.)
Radiator hose repair kits for large and small hoses.
- Premixed radiator coolant. (Note Radiator
coolant is deadly poisonous!)
- Tow Rope (long)
- (2) 30 Hour survival candles.
learn more on the stranded in winter page about some of the items in the
list. First continue to the bottom
of the page.
- Make sure all items are properly located in the Auto to replace a
flat tire, including a good, properly inflated spare tire. Check the
Owners Manual for the procedure of changing a flat tire.
- Keep the gas tank full. Throw in some food, snacks and drinks
if traveling out of town.
- Be prepared if stranded to contact others for help with a
fully charged cell phone and a phone
charger in the auto.
Driving on Slick Roads.
- Slow Down going to fast on ice and snow can turn deadly in a
split second without any warning. Once control is lost it may be
impossible to regain it.
- Do Not Use the cruise control.
- Stay on well traveled roads. Do not venture onto side roads or
- If four wheel drive is available, then use it. Make sure to engage it properly. Improperly jamming into four wheel drive
or driving to fast in lower gears could do lasting damage or failure.
- Choose to drive a four wheel drive vehicle first. If not available
then choose a front wheel drive vehicle. Drive a rear wheel drive vehicle
as a last resort.
- Don't make sudden actions such as turning, accelerating or stopping.
- When starting out, do so slowly, once tires begin spinning they have
little traction. The goal is to start moving without spinning the tires.
- Don't park or a down hill slope against a curb or parking barrier.
Don't stop on a uphill climb or slope.
- Adding weight in the back of a rear wheel drive vehicle will help gain
- Remember, whether in four wheel drive or not, stopping and skidding
are the same as two wheel drive. Slow Down, if sliding begins,
quickly let off of the accelerator, if while breaking, a slide is felt, let off the brake momentarily and
correct the steering.
- If the rear end starts to slide to one side or the other remember to turn into the direction that the rear
end of the vehicle is sliding. This will straighten things out. Turning
the wrong way will cause the vehicle to spin.
- Leave more space than is required to stop, stopping may be very
- If the front end starts going off course, let off the break or
accelerator and continue steering in the correct direction.
- If the car gets stuck and can't get traction, put it in neutral
, then get out and throw the clay kitty litter under the wheel,
and make a path 3 or more feet long to get up momentum in the proper
- Have a family member help you in a empty parking lot (away from light
poles or any obstacles) to learn how to drive in slick conditions, when an
opportunity arrises, using
these guidelines if you feel unsure.
- Remember each time entering enter a slick roadway, conditions will be
different and can change at any time. There are times roads can become
virtually impassable. There have been times vehicles on a flat roadway
have slid off to the sides of the roadway while parked on the ice simply
because the road has a drainage slope and the ice is to slick to even
stand on. Beware of driving in slick conditions unless it is absolutely
What if the worst happens? Your stranded without help? Don't Panic use
Skills: Plan B -
Stranded In Winter