Best Practices For Winter Driving

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With the winter weather upon us, the team at GoJoe Patrol is taking extra measures to ensure our mobile patrol guards are moving safely around town.  There are specific and important best practices for winter driving that everyone should know.  We’re sharing our protocols so you, too, can benefit from some simple winter driving preparations that GoJoe employs each season.

Plan Ahead Each Year

First thing’s first, you’ll want to establish some good practices at the beginning of each winter season:

  • Be Prepared: Have your vehicle checked by an approved Auto Repair facility before hitting the road.
  • Check the Weather: Check the weather along your route and when possible, delay your trip if bad weather is expected.
  • Stay Connected: Before hitting the road, notify others and let them know your route, destination, and estimated time of arrival.

These healthy habits will keep you ready for any disaster.  You’ve prepared yourself. Next, you can think about preparing your vehicle.

Winterize Your Vehicle

Your vehicle is probably one of the most used tools when it comes to getting around in the winter season.  GoJoe understands this.  That’s why we take great care to winterize our vehicles every fall in anticipation of the winter weather. We encourage you to make use of the following reminders every winter season:

  • Make certain your tires are properly inflated and have plenty of tread.
  • Always keep at least half a tank of fuel in your vehicle.
  • Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
  • Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface, such as on ice and snow.

The above measures are simple steps that can mean everything if you’re found in precarious weather this winter.

Drive For The Weather

Preparing your vehicle for navigating the winter roads is just as important as operating it for the given weather.  We take great efforts to train our GoJoe mobile patrol officers to drive safely in various road conditions.  Here are 3 important things you can keep in mind to stay safe on the roads:

  • Stay alert and watch your surroundings – This is a no-brainer for our GoJoe team!
  • Accelerate & brake gently – This is especially important in heavy rain or snow!
  • Maintain control – There’s no need to panic if you’ve properly prepared your vehicle!

Smartly Stock Your Vehicle 

Last but not least, stocking your vehicle with necessary items in case of an emergency will give you a feeling of assurance.  These items come in handy should you get stuck in winter weather. Since we’re in the business of being prepared, we’re always making sure to stock our vehicles with emergency essentials.  

Beyond your driver’s license and your favorite playlist, here are a few important things to remember to bring along for the ride this season:

  • Portable Phone Charger/Battery
  • Jumper Cables
  • A First Aid Kit
  • Hazard/LED Flashers
  • Flashlight
  • Portable Shovel
  • Ice Scraper
  • Bag of Sand
  • Blankets & Extra Cold-Weather Clothes
  • Snacks & Water

Having a fully stocked vehicle will help you in an emergency situation.  Hopefully you’ll never have to use these tools, but if you do find yourself stuck in the snow, be prepared to do the following:

  • Stay with your vehicle: Your vehicle provides temporary shelter and makes it easier for rescuers to locate you. Do not try to walk in a severe storm. It is easy to lose sight of your vehicle in blowing snow and become lost.
  • Don’t over exert yourself: When digging out your vehicle, listen to your body and stop if you become tired.
  • Be Visible: Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna of your vehicle 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.
  • Clear the Exhaust Pipe: Make sure the exhaust pipe is not clogged with snow, ice or mud. A blocked exhaust pipe can cause deadly carbon monoxide gas to leak into the passenger compartment of the vehicle while the engine is running.
  • Stay Warm: Use whatever is available to insulate your body from the cold. This could include floor mats, newspapers or paper maps. Pre-pack blankets and heavy clothing to use in case of an emergency.
  • Conserve Fuel: If possible, only run the engine and heater long enough to remove the chill. This will help to conserve fuel.

Planning ahead goes a long way when it comes to safety and security.  And although GoJoe Patrol also offers on-site security services, our mobile patrol officers are most often on the move.  This mobility demands proper preparation for all situations.  Just as we employ certain training for various safety and security concerns, we believe in doing the same for the community. We truly value the safety of everyone out on the roads.  

As in everything we do, great care is taken to protect people, property, and the planet.  You’ve heard it said – the separation is in the preparation.  Nothing could be more true when it comes to safety.  Contact us at GoJoe Patrol to learn more about how we prepare for every situation.

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