Driver checklist: Things you should do before the storm

10:32 PM, Feb 11, 2014   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- With another round of winter storms expected to grip the metro Atlanta area, motorists should be ready in case of an emergency.

AAA auto club advises:

• If you are in safe place, stay where you are until driving conditions improve

• Check your car's battery to make sure it is properly charged

• Fill your fuel tank before the winter storm arrives

• Check your tire pressure, make sure tires are properly inflated

• Check your car's spare tire and make sure it is in the trunk and in good condition

• Keep prescriptions, water, snacks, jackets, blankets, and sneakers/boots in an accessible location in your vehicle in case you become delayed for an extended period of time

Click here for an additional list of items you should have in your car.

You should also take steps to make sure your cell phone battery is charged and available for use. To prolong the life of a cell phone battery, AAA advises:

• Turn the phone off; only turn it on when you are expecting or making a call

• If in an area with no reception, turn off the phone to prevent it from constantly searching for service (even with automatic power save features, it can take up to 30 minutes and it is depleting your battery)

• Limit use of the vibrate function on your phone; use a ring tone as it uses less of the battery's power

• Don't use extra features such as the internet, WIFI, GPS, camera phone, and hands-free device; additionally limit use of the back light or turn it off to prolong the battery.

It's also recommended that drivers park as far away as possible from tree. With the expected threat of ice, trees could fall onto vehicles.

Related links:

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