Despite the warm weather we’ve enjoyed lately, winter is still coming. With the cold and its hazards right around the corner, now is the best time to get yourself prepared!
Here are your Winter Safety Kit essentials, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac:
- Flashlight, plus extra batteries
- Jumper cables
- First Aid Kit
- Bottled water
- Multi-tool (such as a Leatherman Tool or a Swiss Army Knife)
- Road flares or reflective warning triangles
The Winter Essentials:
- Ice scraper
- Collapsible or folding snow shovel
- A bag of sand to help with traction (or bag of kitty litter)
- Hat, warm clothes
- Hand warmers
- Small fire extinguisher
- Tire gauge to check inflation pressure
- Jack and lug wrench
- Gloves, rags, hand cleaner (such as baby wipes)
- Duct tape
- Foam tire sealant for minor tire punctures
- Rain poncho
- Nonperishable high-energy foods such as granola bars, raisins, and peanut butter
- Battery– or hand-crank–powered radio
- Spare change and cash
Making sure your care is stocked and ready can make a winter road issue for from disastrous to mildly annoying. And remember, if you find yourself the victim of an accident, call The Brothers in Law to get you what you deserve, 757-319-4085.
Being in an accident can be a very stressful event. In order to take a bit of the stress out of it, we’ve compiled our checklist for what to do when you’re in an accident.
Follow These Steps:
- Call the police.
- Seek medical attention if necessary.
- Contact Huffman & Huffman immediately – 757-319-4085
- Take photos of the damage.
- If possible, write down witness names and telephone numbers.
- Keep copies of medical records, bills and notes of related expenses.
MOST IMPORTANT: Do not give any information to the other person’s insurance company.
If you’ve been in an accident, call Huffman & Huffman at 757-319-4085.
Thanksgiving is over and that means winter is just around the corner. While Hampton Roads is by no means a snow magnet, we are pretty much guaranteed at least a little of the white stuff every year and plenty of ice throughout the season. Of course, the best advice for driving in bad winter weather is not to drive at all, if you can avoid it. If you must go out during poor weather conditions, here are some of our tips for winter weather driving.
If you must drive in snowy conditions, make sure your car is prepared and that you know how to handle road conditions.
Here are a few tips for winter weather driving safety on icy/snowy roads:
- Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. You should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.
- Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake.
- Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists.
- Keep your lights and windshield clean.
- Use low gears to keep traction, especially on hills.
- Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads, which will freeze first. Even at temperatures above freezing, if the conditions are wet, you might encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed roadways like bridges.
- Don’t pass snow plows and sanding trucks. The drivers have limited visibility, and you’re likely to find the road in front of them worse than the road behind.
- Don’t assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads.
It’s no secret that your phone can be distracting when on the road, but what if your phone could curb bad driving behavior too? These free RoadSafety Mobile Apps have great ratings on iOS or Android. They are sure to help you keep your eyes on the road and away from that text, email, phone call or comment:
LifeSaver (Free, iOS)
With a 4-Star rating in the app store, the LifeSaver app is guaranteed to help parents monitor their teen’s distracted driving. It only allows Navigation, Google Maps, and hands-free calling to work when the app is in use. It notifies a loved one when their teen is driving and when they arrive at their destination. Parents can also set up monthly rewards if their teen is driving safely, such as iTunes.
EverDrive (Free, iOS & Android)
EverDrive monitors driving habits and delivers diagnostics for review. Scores can be improved when the driver improves. The app picks up on driving patterns over time, so scores won’t be affected when in the passenger seat. Top drivers can win prizes, including $50,000 in scholarships.
Vodafone-saveLIFE Road Safe (Free, Android)
This app will automatically disable notifications when driving speed is over 10kmph. The Road Safe app also has Road Safety tips and information on traffic fines and offenses. There’s also a one-touch dial for emergency services,
Down for the Count (Free, iOS)
This app rewards drivers with gift cards and coupons for NOT using their phone, even as a passenger. A friend purchases the gift card and they’re earned after a certain time of no cell-phone use while driving.
OneTap (Free, Android)
OneTap will detect driving and then blocks notifications like calls and texts. If there is an incoming call or text, the app will notify others by text that you’re behind the wheel.
We hope these apps can help keep you safer on the road. However, if you do ever find yourself the victim of an accident, call The Brothers in Law, 757-319-4085.
For most of us, it’s hard not to enjoy Halloween. Endless candy, adorable kids showing off their costumes, themed cocktail parties that put a spooky spin on your favorite snacks, it’s all great! Unfortunately, Halloween is traditionally one of the busiest nights of the year for fire department crews.
Whether you’re rushing home from work or rushing out to a party, it’s not a night to be in a hurry, especially on residential roadways.
So this Halloween, proceed with caution. Be vigilant and watch the movements around you.
A few tips to remember for drivers and trick-or-treaters alike:
Toddlers and Younger Kids
- For your littlest trick-or-treaters, SPD recommends hitting the streets as early as possible. Daylight can make a big difference when it comes to keeping track of tiny tots.
- Even if it is light, they say keeping a flashlight on hand will help alert cars that someone is near. And don’t use your cell phone as a flashlight, as it should be fully charged in case of an emergency.
- Remind your little ones to stay close to an adult at all times. You can tell them listening and staying safe now means fun and treats later.
- Keep groups small to avoid losing someone in the candy rush:
Older Kids and Teens
- Give your teens a little independence by reminding them about traffic hazards ahead of time.
- Ask them to use the crosswalk or go the corner when they need to cross the street. On street parking and dark costumes is a bad combination when it comes to moving vehicles. They usually can’t see kids jumping out from between parked cars late at night.
- Give your older kids their own flashlight or glow sticks. Any light will alert drivers that people are near.
- You can work with the city to get a permit to block off traffic to your neighborhood.
- Make sure kids stick to a neighborhood they know:
- Remember trick-or-treating starts early. Watch for little trick-or-treaters who are out before dark.
- Drive slowly through neighborhoods with on-street parking. Kids are likely to jump out from behind cars in dark costumes.
- Police will be out in full force on Halloween night to protect families and watch for distracted drivers.
- Don’t wear a costume mask while driving on Halloween: