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Health Tip: Driving During Winter

-- Depending on where you are, winter can herald a greater risk of car accident, a car that won't start, and getting stranded in wintry conditions.

The U.S. National Safety Council offers these suggestions for safe winter driving:

  • Get your car properly tuned up, and make sure the tires are in good shape before winter starts.
  • Carry equipment in your car, including a tire jack, spare tire, jumper cables, chains, salt or cat litter, flashlight and batteries, and a tool kit.
  • In your car, store non-perishable foods such as unsalted nuts, dried fruits and hard candies.
  • Especially on a long winter trip, pack necessities to keep you warm -- a warm blanket, socks, a hat and gloves.
  • Keep a first aid kit in your car at all times.
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Posted: November 2008