27.Cold weather survival for driving

Greetings again from Clark County, celebrating its bicentennial this year.

Our first freezing rain of the season may occur as early as tomorrow morning.  Are you prepared for such winter weather yet?  You may be an excellent driver in freezing rain, but we must never forget that new drivers are exposed to it every single year.  And this year we may have a few evacuees from Florida hurricanes, Texas rain events and/or California wildfires who may have forgotten how to drive in freezing rain.

Perhaps your vehicle is all toasty due to preheating, but always assume that you might be out in the weather for a while.  Keep a winter coat, gloves and a blanket handy in the back seat or trunk.

If required to wait on an Interstate for a few hours while someone else’s mess is cleaned up, keep some water and snack food in your coat pockets as well.  You can always use it up in the spring if not needed before.

Submitted by Michael Schulsinger, N8QHV