Vehicle Safety

Winter Care For Your Car
So you’ve prepared your home for winter weather but what about your car? You can avoid many dangerous winter travel problems by planning ahead. Before you hit the road, have a mechanic check the following items on your vehicle:
  • Antifreeze levels – ensure they are sufficient to avoid freezing;
  • Battery and ignition system – terminal should be clean;
  • Brakes – check for wear and fluid level; and
  • Tires – make sure they have adequate tread.
Changes in weather call for changes in your emergency supply kit. For winter weather, update the emergency kits in your vehicle with:
  • Matches;
  • Booster cables;
  • Tow chain or rope; and
  • A fluorescent distress flag.
Need a quick and easy way to remember what items to check on your car each winter? Download the car maintenance checklist from the Centers for Disease Control today!

Stay Safe on Roadways during a Tornado
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), nine percent of people killed by tornadoes between 1985 and 2008 were in their cars.
Tornado danger signs:
  • Dark, often greenish sky.
  • Large hail.
  • A large, dark, low-lying cloud (particularly if rotating).
  • Loud roar, similar to a freight train.

If you are in a car during a tornado, you should take the following actions:

  • Stay in the car with the seat belt on. Put your head down below the windows; cover your head with your hands and a blanket, coat or other cushion, if possible.
  • If you can safely get lower than the level of the roadway, leave your car and lie in that area, covering your head with your hands.
  • Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location.
  • Never try to outrun a tornado in a car or truck.
For more tips on what to do when a tornado strikes, visit

Weather emergencies, such as tornadoes, floods, and lightning, can occur without a lot of warning. However, you can prepare for different types of severe weather.

One of the basic recommendations to help you prepare for any emergency is to assemble a disaster supplies kit, which includes water, food, a first-aid kit, and many other items.
Knowing what to do in different circumstances may save your life and the lives of others.