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Take a deep breath. Can you smell it? Spring is almost here! You may remember that season: Plants are blooming, grass is growing, winter coats are being put away and the most important part; windows are down while we’re driving. I can almost feel it now! Making the transition from winter driving to spring driving can be tricky if you live in a colder winter climate. Let’s take a look at a few things to make this transition easier.
Keep your pet in the back seat in his crate or with a harness attached to a seat buckle.
Lauren Genkinger, president of Adopt a Golden Atlanta, recommends not allowing your dog in the front seat to avoid driver distraction and injury to the animal if there is a sudden stop or accident and the airbag goes off.
If you choose a crate, make sure it's large enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down, and turn around in. Always secure the crate so it won't slide or shift in the event of a quick stop. And P.S., it's smart to get your pet used to the carrier in the comfort of your home before your trip.
DO make sure you are awake and alert behind the wheel.
If necessary, take a break and grab a coffee.
DON’T lose track of how many hot toddies you consumed to stay warm.
The most important winter weather safe driving tip of all is to refrain from drinking and driving under all circumstances. If you think you will drink, arrange for alternate transportation ahead of time.
Essential items to keep in the trunk are a blanket to stay warm, proper attire (boots, jacket, hat and gloves) in case you have to be outside for an extended period of time, a shovel, flashlight with fresh batteries and snacks. Keep your cell phone charged to call help if necessary.
DON’T forget the kitty litter or sand, which can be used to provide added traction if your car becomes stuck in the snow.
DO maintain at least half a tank of gas. Keeping your tank half-full will help prevent stranding yourself in adverse conditions. DON’T forget to check that all fluids are at proper levels and ensure all tires, including the spare, have the required pressure and tread.