02-03-2014 08:16 AM
Content provided courtesy of USAA.
During winter weather and extreme cold, only drive if it’s absolutely necessary, warns the Federal Emergency Management Agency. If you have to get on the road, following these tips could help you stay safe:
- Travel in the day.
- Don't travel alone.
- Keep others informed of your schedule.
- Stay on main roads and avoid back-road shortcuts.
Also take a smartphone and its charger with you. Many smartphones have built-in GPS-based map apps that can pinpoint your exact location and help rescuers find you if you become stranded.
Before setting out, check the weather conditions on your planned route. Use your smartphone's weather apps, which can give you up-to-date weather conditions and forecasts. You can download apps, such as the Weather Channel, WeatherBug or AccuWeather, usually for free on your smartphone.