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2 safe driving tips for business travelers

1/21/2014 4:29:16 PM

As winter reaches its peak, people across the U.S. are experiencing wintry conditions that affect their travel plans as well as their daily lives. While vacationers may be able to delay their trips until the weather passes, people on the road for business often can't reschedule. In the face of canceled flights, some have to take their journey by car rental, which presents a whole new set of concerns. If you're driving in snowy or icy conditions, keep these safety tips in mind:

Stock up on supplies
If you must drive in bad weather, make sure you have a few essentials with you in case you get stuck on the road. Bring high-energy snacks, such as a can of unsalted nuts, chocolate bars and other non-perishables, as well as a couple bottles of water to stay hydrated. Additionally, bring supplies to keep you warm, such as heavy blankets, gloves, hats and extra sweaters. You may also benefit from bringing along a bag of ice salt and a shovel in case you need to dig your car out of the snow.

Know what to do if you get stranded
In the case of a flat tire, stall or other common issues, contact your car rental company for assistance, and call 911 in emergency situations. Depending on your location, you could become stuck in the cold for a long period of time. It's important to stay calm, remain in the car if you're in an unfamiliar location and keep warm - turn on the car for 10 minutes every hour and wrap yourself in blankets. If you're unable to contact help by phone, try to attract attention of passersby by hanging a brightly colored cloth from your window or antenna.


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