Winter Travel Tips | Coventry Apartments

Posted on December 15, 2016

Daydreaming of summer already - lounging near the sparkling swimming pool, soaking up the sun, and enjoying lunch fresh off our custom poolside barbecue grill…  We’re just starting winter though and we care about your winter travel safety.  When snowy weather experience ranges from “Buffalo Area Winter Professional” to our residents who may be experiencing their first Western New York winter, a few reminders to stay safe this season never hurt.  Our thanks go out to the New York State Thruway Authority for the following winter travel tips:

BEFORE YOU DRIVE:

·         Get your vehicle tuned up prior to the winter season. 

·         Make sure windshield wipers, batteries, tires and defrosters are working and in good condition.

·         Keep at least half a tank of gasoline in your vehicle at all times.

·         Ensure your car has basic winter driving equipment such as a scraper and brush, small shovel, jumper cables, road flares, tow chain and a bag of sand or cat litter for tire traction.

·         Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle, including blankets, gloves, hats, food, water, flashlight with batteries, and any needed medication.

·         Warm up your vehicle in accordance with operating instructions, and remove all ice and snow from windows and vehicle surfaces (including the roof) before starting your trip.

·         Plan your trips carefully, listen to the local weather reports, and the National Weather Service for weather conditions predicted along your travel route.

WHILE DRIVING:

·         Always buckle your seat belt and require your passengers do the same.

·         Reduce speeds. Remember that the posted speed limit is for ideal travel conditions.

·         Allow for extra travel time or consider delaying trips if the weather is inclement.

·         Don’t use your hand-held cell phone while driving, as mandated by law.

·         Use your headlights, as required by law.

·         Be alert and allow more distance between your vehicle and others.

·         Use your brakes carefully.  Brake early and carefully as it takes more time and distance to stop in adverse conditions.

·         Don’t use “cruise control” in wintry conditions.

·         Be courteous to other drivers.

·         Keep to the right except to pass, using turn signals to alert other drivers of your intentions.

Please stay safe this winter season.  Summer will be here before you know it!