From Kitty Litter to Snow Plow Safety, 4 Winter Travel Tips

Feb. 9th, 2015 by W Scott McAdam Jr.

In the midst of the snowy, stormy weather that has finally arrived, you may have seen one of the numerous McAdam snow plows deployed throughout the area.

After the driest December imaginable, we dusted them off last week as snow and subzero temperatures packed a powerful one-two punch. You haven’t seen the last of them, either. With that in mind, here are four tips to heighten your road safety this winter:

1.    In case you get stranded, outfit your car with an emergency bag with items like water, a flashlight, and a blanket.

2.    To get un-stuck, keep some kitty litter in your car. Place it in front of your tires for added traction to get moving.

3.    Slow down and leave some space. So many people drive way too fast for conditions and follow too closely.  Go slower—or you may wind up in a ditch, or worse.

4.    Watch out for snow plows!  They are on the road for a reason: to clear the way and create a safe path.  Give them space so they can do their job.

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This Ask the Plant Expert appeared in the Jan. 14, 2015 edition of the Wednesday Journal of Oak Park & River Forest, Forest Park Review and Riverside-Brookfield Landmark.