Winter Travel Safety - #htt by West Park Hospital

*(Cody, Wyo.)* - Car safety: Prepare for extremely cold weather every winter—it’s always a possibility. There are steps you can take in advance for greater wintertime safety in your home and in your car. Here is your Health Tip Tuesday (#htt)! *Prepare Your Car for Winter* You can avoid many dangerous winter travel problems by planning ahead. Have maintenance service on your vehicle as often as the manufacturer recommends. In addition, every fall, do the following: - Have the radiator system serviced or check the antifreeze level yourself with an antifreeze tester. Add antifreeze as needed. - Replace windshield-wiper fluid with a wintertime mixture. - Replace any worn tires, make sure the tires have adequate tread, and check the air pressure in the tires. - During winter, keep the gas tank near full to help avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines. *Checklist*: - Minimize travel, but if travel is necessary, keep the following in your vehicle: - Cell phone, portable charger, and extra batteries - Shovel - Windshield scraper - Battery-powered radio with extra batteries - Flashlight with extra batteries - Water - Snack food - Extra hats, coats, and mittens - Blankets - Chains or rope - Tire chains - Canned compressed air with sealant for emergency tire repair - Road salt and sand - Booster cables - Emergency flares - Bright colored flag or help signs - First aid kit - Tool kit - Road maps - Compass - Waterproof matches and a can to melt snow for water - Paper towels To learn more about the supplies you should consider having in your vehicle during winter, click here . *Thank you for the tips West Park Hospital!* #news #health #wph #reboot