Day 143: Driving in Inclement Weather: Prepare

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As a father, it will be increasingly important to make sure that you are a safe driver. You will, after all, be driving the children around. Being a safe driver in inclement weather comes from both preparation and practice.

First, let’s talk about something you can do to prepare. Know the kind of inclement whether that affects the region in which you live. There is no need to invest in snow tires if you live in southern Arizona.

Secondly, make sure that your windshield wipers are functioning properly. Replace them every so often when they starting to wear out as evidenced by their inability to wipe water off the windshield as well as they used to. Make sure that you have enough wiper fluid in order to clear the windshield during period of intense weather. It’s always a good idea to top off the wiper fluid, if you know that you’re driving into a storm for example.

Always make sure that your tires are up to the task. As time goes on, the tread in your tires grows shallower and shallower, which inhibits the tires ability to grip the road. Don’t wait too long between getting new tires, especially if you live in an area where snowy or rainy weather is common. If you live in such an area, you might want to invest specifically in snow tires, which have additional measures to help the tire grip the road during snowy or wet conditions.

Finally, before you leave, make sure that the car is in good working order and that you have cleared any ice and snow off your mirrors and windshields so that you can properly see what is going on around you. It is a good idea to let the engine run for a minute or two before you get going if the weather is very cold.

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