CINCINNATI - From plastic bags to the engine in your vehicle - you are surrounded by ways to stay safe on an icy day.
Power of 5 meteorologists have been tracking the storm Friday.
When it comes to driving, The Weather Channel suggests you leave three times more space than usual between you and the vehicle in front of you.
Utilize the 'low gears' in your vehicle which let the engine work to slow you down in poor driving conditions and if your wheels lock up on the ice take your foot off the brake.
Another suggestion is to put plastic bags over your windshield wipers overnight. When you leave in the morning slide off the bags and your wipers will be clear of any ice or snow.
As you step out of the house in the morning think about what is on your feet. Trade your dress shoes for boots or something with a good rubber bottom to help you find traction.
And if your door is stuck thanks to a case of ice, we've got some tips on how to get it open at http://5.wews.com/hX8Tb .
Below is a checklist and more information from www.ready.gov to help you get started:
Winterize Your Vehicle
Check or have a mechanic check the following items on your car:
- Antifreeze levels - ensure they are sufficient to avoid freezing.
- Battery and ignition system - should be in top condition and battery terminals should be clean.
- Brakes - check for wear and fluid levels.
- Exhaust system - check for leaks and crimped pipes and repair or replace as necessary. Carbon monoxide is deadly and usually gives no warning.
- Fuel and air filters - replace and keep water out of the system by using additives and maintaining a full tank of gas. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.
- Heater and defroster - ensure they work properly.
- Lights and flashing hazard lights - check for serviceability.
- Oil - check for level and weight. Heavier oils congeal more at low temperatures and do not lubricate as well.
- Thermostat - ensure it works properly.
- Windshield wiper equipment - repair any problems and maintain proper washer fluid level.
- Install good winter tires - Make sure the tires have adequate tread. All-weather radials are usually adequate for most winter conditions. However, some jurisdictions require that to drive on their roads, vehicles must be equipped with chains or snow tires with studs.
Update the emergency kits in your vehicles with:
- a shovel
- windshield scraper and small broom
- battery powered radio
- extra batteries
- snack food
- extra hats, socks and mittens
- first aid kit with pocket knife
- necessary medications
- tow chain or rope
- road salt and sand
- booster cables
- emergency flares
- fluorescent distress flag
Just a little advanced planning goes a long way; and if worse comes to worst, you'll be ready.