Be Prepared Before Winter Weather

Are you prepared for a winter weather emergency? Did you know that all University of Maryland, Baltimore parking garages provide winter weather supplies?

Winter brings all sorts of driving headaches — snow, freezing rain, below-freezing temperatures, and slush, which all make the roads more hazardous. Bins are located in each UMB garage to make sure your vehicle is ready for the road. Supplies include ice scrapers, brake fluid, windshield wiper fluid, snow brushes, etc.

There are other things to keep in mind to keep safe during the winter. When the weather is bad, stay inside if possible. If you must go out, be sure to wear warm clothing and go slowly while walking or driving. To handle the hassle of winter driving and make your commute as safe as possible:

  • Always wear your seat belt and be sure children are using the proper restraint system for their age and size.
  • Use extra caution in areas that ice up quickly, especially bridges and overpasses. Other areas of primary concern include intersections and shaded areas.
  • Get in the habit of regularly checking weather reports on TV or online so you can prepare for bad weather.
  • Remember that on severe weather days, schools and workplaces might close or delay opening.

Keep an emergency kit in the trunk of your car and, at a minimum, include the following:

  • Blankets
  • First aid kit
  • Water
  • Portable phone charger
  • Jumper cables

When you leave the house each morning, make sure your cellphone is fully charged and that your car always has at least a half tank of gas.

Tips and data courtesy of Nationwide.

Dana RampollaPeople, University LifeJanuary 3, 20180 comments

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