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Brighten Your Home For Spring With The Following 10 Tips

Spring is a sign of renewal in many areas of our lives, and our homes are no different! There is something energizing and refreshing about bringing that bright, airy feeling of Spring into your home. Here are the 10 best ways to spruce up and revitalize your rooms, on a dime!

1.Add white! White with your present color scheme will both cool and brighten, adding the freshness that only white can! If your room colors tend toward the warm side, such as yellows, browns, or reds…then choose creamier white such as ecru or ivory. If you have cooler colors in your room, such as greens and blues, go with the brighter, cleaner whites.

2.Try painting your focal wall, (that is, the one most seen) in a sunnier, brighter, or lighter shade of your current wall color. It will add lightness to the room without drastically changing the whole scheme. Don’t worry, you can always go back to that rich red in the fall, but how about a little petal pink, or sky blue? Remember, its only paint, its cheap!

3.Add a floral print fabric to your room. Using the primary colors already in your room, visit your fabric store and pick out a floral fabric you love with at least one of those primary colors in it. (The more, the better, but don’t feel you must have every color in the room also in the fabric!) Use that floral fabric to make table scarves, placemats, pillow covers, and simple seat cushion covers. Pair it with a solid fabric color already in the room, and you have a custom coordinated look, for just a few dollars and some simple straight sewing!

4.Pick up some pretty colored glassware from the dollar shop, and display it where the sun will light it up! You could even use clear glassware, and fill it with colored water to coordinate with the room. Use your glassware as vases, pencil holders, or candy dishes, but make sure it is seen! Glass sparkles and adds a bit of sunshine to a room.

5.Take down your curtains, and just leave your mini blinds underneath. Don’t leave it bare, though, we don’t want boring! Swag some dried or silk flowers over the top of the blinds, or use some muslin to twist around a curtain rod for an informal but airy valance. (No sew!)

6.Keep your windows sparkling clean. Dirty windows cut down on a surprising amount of light, and make a room look dull. As a bonus, clean windows mean more sparkling glass, and that makes room feel larger and brighter!

7.Pot up some pansies from the garden center and use them indoors as houseplants. They are cheap, easy, and add flowers to a room without the cost of replacing floral arrangements every week! You can even coordinate the flower color to the color scheme of the room. Don’t match the colors, just pick something complementary.

8.Clear most of the artwork and accessories out of your room, and just keep a few larger, simpler pieces. It declutters the room, and helps to put the focus on the freshness of a room. Consider picking up a white lattice from the garden center, and hang it on the wall as a focal point. Place a potted plant in front of it, or hang small framed garden catalog prints from it. Let it be a reminder of the outdoors all season long!

9.Use a stencil or a stamp to add floral and nature motifs to your room for very little money. Stencil vines around windows and doors, hand paint seasonal sayings over doorways with a paint pen, or stamp a floral bouquet on the front of cupboard doors. You can always paint over those small areas with touch up paint in the fall. (Or you might love them so much, they stay year round!)

10.Finally, don’t forget your entry area when you are creating that spring glow all around your home. Remember, your entries are a visitors first impression of your home! Add a pot of pansies on the porch, paint your entry a fresh spring color, and hang a handmade wreath or a basket of flowers on the front door.

All these ideas take very little time, little or no money, and do wonders for your spirit and the spirit of those who you love. Take a little time to brighten your lives!

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Electric Boat Discount!

Paul Fisher Insurance Services Now Offers Electric Boat Discount from Travelers Electric Boat Owners can Save up to 10 Percent* on Boat Insurance Policies from Travelers

Paul Fisher Insurance Services and Travelers are pleased to offer a first in the industry electric boat insurance premium discount* of 10 percent for those owing electrically powered boats. Whether boaters are interested in a quieter boating experience, or if they are seeking environmentally friendly boating solutions that help save money on annual fuel costs, electric boats can provide the right alternative for this segment of boaters. As a result, the number of electric boat manufacturers has grown and there continues to be a demand for electric boats in the current economy.
“Boaters who prefer a quiet boating have always considered electric boats and with the rising cost of marine fuel and a growing focus on the environment there is no doubt that more boaters will look to this option,” said Paul, owner Paul Fisher Insurance Services. “As habits are changing and more people are using electric boats, Paul Fisher Insurance and Travelers are ready to offer the innovative insurance solution that fits the evolving lifestyle of our customers.”
Travelers defines an electric boat as a vessel 100 percent powered by a propeller driven, electric in-board source where utility power is stored on board. These vessels are found to require less maintenance and breakdown less often than a typical gasoline or diesel powered boat simply because the motors are less complex. Most electric boats have a top speed of between five and nine knots or about six to 10 miles per hour which makes them suitable for leisurely cruising.
“Because Travelers has a staff of marine experts that fully understand the operation and functionality of electric boats, Paul Fisher Insurance Services will be able to work with them to quickly get an electric boat back in the water, in the unfortunate event that a customer would have to file a claim,” said Paul.
Most electric boats cost between $1 to $2 to fully charge for 10 or 12 hours of cruising time, meaning they cost approximately $.10 to $.12 per hour to operate. This significantly differs from conventional gasoline fueled boats which the industry estimates use about one gallon of fuel per hour for every 10 horsepower while diesel engines consume about one gallon of fuel per hour for every 18 horsepower. Therefore, it would cost about $50 to run a 10 horsepower gasoline motor or an 18 horsepower diesel motor for 10 hours**.
Recently, Travelers analyzed the fuel costs at 13 marinas around the country. This data uncovered the fact that marine fuel costs $.78 per gallon more than the national average for automobile gasoline and $.42 per gallon more than the national average for diesel fuel.
A number of states are designating certain waterways as electric only navigation. This phenomenon has been a trend in Europe and is now catching on around the United States. Electric only waterways help to keep the environment clean and create a quieter atmosphere for boaters looking to cruise and enjoy the outdoors. Additionally, electric boats are often utilized in speed restricted waterways that require boats to be operated without a wake.

For more information contact Paul Fisher Insurance Services or visit www.travelers.com.

Established in 1983, Paul Fisher Insurance Services is an independent insurance agency offering a full range of insurance products including Auto, Life, Home, Business Owners, Equipment Leasing, and more.
For information and quotes on insurance coverage, please visit
Paul Fisher Insurance Services at 3967 William Penn Highway Suite 3, Murrysville, PA 15668 or call (724)519-7503.

About Travelers
Travelers understands that life and business are inherently dynamic and that the best way to serve agents, brokers and policyholders is to deliver insurance that evolves to stay in-synch with life and business as they change. For more information on being in-synch, visit www.travelers.com.
The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV) is a leading property casualty insurance company selling primarily through independent agents and brokers. The company’s diverse business lines offer its global customers a wide range of insurance coverage in both the personal and commercial settings, including auto, boat, homeowners, construction, small business, oil and gas, ocean marine, surety and management liability, global technology and public sector services. Travelers is a Fortune 100 company, with 2007 revenues of approximately $26 billion. The company has more than 33,000 employees.

*A discount of up to 10% applies only to certain coverages. The discount may not be available in all states and is subject to individual eligibility.

**www.boatsafe.com/nauticalknowhow/fuel

First Hybrid Boat & Yacht Insurance Discount from Travelers

Paul Fisher Insurance Services Now Offers First Hybrid Boat & Yacht Insurance Discount from Travelers
Innovative boats need innovative insurance – Paul Fisher Insurance Services offers up to 10 percent discount* for hybrid vessels through Travelers

Paul Fisher Insurance Services and Travelers (NYSE: TRV) are staying in-synch with boaters by today announcing an innovative, industry-first discount of up to 10 percent on hybrid boat and yacht insurance. Now, more than ever, boaters are looking for ways to improve fuel economy and reduce their impact on the environment without sacrificing speed. As a result, hybrid powered boats are starting to enter the market.
The marine industry has responded to consumer demands for efficiency with new technology and hybrid powerboats fully capable of delivering the performance most boaters expect. Hybrid boats allow the operator to utilize electric propulsion at low speeds to minimize or eliminate emissions and fuel consumption. However, hybrid powered boats can generate the horsepower needed to reach higher speeds with the internal combustion engine.
“The marine industry has delivered hybrid powered vessels that use the latest, state-of-the-art technology while reducing fuel consumption,” said Paul, owner for Paul Fisher Insurance Services. “Paul Fisher Insurance and Travelers, closely follow the newest developments in boating to meet our customers needs with the best marine insurance products and services.”
Recently, various highly regarded manufacturers in the marine industry have introduced their versions of hybrid boats to the marketplace. The Hinckley Company offers a hybrid power option for customers interested in its DS42 model, Scout Boats launched a hybrid model in late 2007, Frauscher Bootswerft introduced its hybrid to the United States in May 2008 and the Island Pilot DSe Hybrid will make its debut at the 2008 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show. Steyr Motors, which powers the Frauscher vessels, markets its hybrid engine as the “world’s first serial hybrid propulsion system for pleasure boats.” In addition, other large production manufacturers are reportedly researching hybrid propulsion and developing prototypes to include in their lineup of boats.
“Travelers solid understanding of the functionality and operation of hybrid boats enables our agency to best serve our customers,” said Paul. “Travelers completed extensive research that suggests boat manufacturers will begin offering hybrid models to provide a hybrid option similar to what’s taking place in the automotive industry.”
A hybrid boat is specifically designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to conserve fossil fuels in comparison to the typical gasoline or diesel only powered boats. Travelers defines a hybrid boat as one that utilizes an integrated propulsion system that incorporates both an internal combustion engine and an electric motor in its original design. In this system, forward propulsion can be accomplished with the use of the electric motor with or without the use of the internal combustion engine.
Travelers continuously seeks ways to enhance existing products and develop new insurance solutions and services to address the impacts of changing climate and encourage environmentally friendly behavior. Travelers was the first insurance company to deliver a national hybrid auto insurance discount, as well as the first to deliver an insurance discount to electric boat owners. The company also provides business insurance products for environmentally focused commercial customers.
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Established in 1983, Paul Fisher Insurance Services is an independent insurance agency offering a full range of insurance products including Auto, Life, Home, Business Owners, Equipment Leasing, and more.
For information and quotes on insurance coverage, please visit
Paul Fisher Insurance Services at 3967 William Penn Highway Suite 3, Murrysville, PA 15668 or call (724)519-7503.

About Travelers
The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV) is a leading property casualty insurer selling primarily through independent agents and brokers. Travelers understands that life and business are inherently dynamic and that the best way to serve customers is to deliver insurance in-synch with evolving risks. The company’s diverse business lines offer its global customers a wide range of coverage in the auto, home and business settings. Travelers is a Fortune 100 company, with 2007 revenues of approximately $26 billion. The company has more than 33,000 employees. For more information on being in-synch, visit www.travelers.com.

*A discount of up to 10% applies only to certain coverages. The discount may not be available in all states and is subject to individual eligibility.

Boat Tips for Spring/Summer 2011

Paul Fisher Insurance Services advises boaters to take necessary precautions to be safe during the summer season, the time of year when boat accident claims increase in frequency by 45 percent, according to a recent analysis of claims incidence at Travelers, a leading provider of boat and yacht insurance.
“Substantially more people are on the water during the summer, so that is the time boaters should be extra careful to protect their family, friends and watercraft from a loss,” said Paul Fisher of Paul Fisher Insurance Services. “It’s also a good time to review your boat and yacht insurance with an independent agent to be sure you have adequate coverage.”
Paul Fisher Insurance Services recommends the following boat safety tips:
• Wear a life jacket: 80 percent of drowning victims were not wearing a PFD (Personal Flotation Device) or life jacket. Most states require that children under a certain age wear a life jacket and that every boat be equipped with one life jacket per passenger.
• Take a boating course: Even if your state does not mandate the completion of a boating course prior to obtaining your boating license, both you and your passengers will benefit from a formalized course. To learn more about boating safety classes, visit www.cgaux.org/cgauxweb/classes/master.shtml.
• Schedule a vessel safety check: The Coast Guard auxiliary offers free safety checks. For more information, visit www.vesselsafetycheck.org/getvsc or call 1-800-368-5647.
• Equip your boat with an emergency kit and be familiar with how to use each of the items. Travelers recommends including the following: fire extinguisher, first aid kit, visual distress signal and/or a Coast Guard-approved throwable PFD, such as a life ring or a horseshoe. Organize an emergency plan and make sure that passengers are familiar with it. Remember to test equipment and be knowledgeable of the suggested guidelines for usage and replacement.
• Be prepared for the weather: Check the weather forecast before going on the water and be equipped for changes.
• Know where you are: The Coast Guard recommends having charts, a GPS (Global Positioning System) and a reliable means of communication on board.
• Know how to contact the Coast Guard: Marine radio is the preferred method to communicate on the water because it broadcasts to other boaters in the vicinity. If using a cell phone on the water, test it for a maritime emergency by dialing *CG (*24). There is no charge or penalty for calling to test the signal.
• Do not drink and drive: According to the Coast Guard, a boat operator with a blood alcohol level of .10 percent is 10 times more likely to be killed in a boating accident than a boat operator with a blood alcohol level of zero. Operating a boat while drinking is illegal in several states. Remember that the effects of alcohol are exacerbated when combined with sun exposure and being on the water.
Established in 1983, Paul Fisher Insurance Services is an independent insurance agency offering a full range of insurance products including Auto, Life, Home, Business Owners, Equipment Leasing, and more.
For information and quotes on insurance coverage, please visit
Paul Fisher Insurance Services at 3967 William Penn Highway Suite 3, Murrysville, PA 15668 or call (724)519-7503.

About Travelers
Travelers understands that life and business are inherently dynamic and that the best way to serve agents and policyholders is to deliver insurance that evolves to stay in-synch with life and business as they change. For more information on being in-synch, visit www.travelers.com.
The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV) is a leading property casualty insurer selling primarily through independent agents and brokers. The company’s diverse business lines offer its global customers a wide range of coverage in both the personal and commercial settings, including automobile, homeowners, construction, small business, oil and gas, ocean marine, surety and management liability, global technology and public sector services. Travelers is a Fortune 100 company, with 2007 revenues of $26 billion and total assets of $115 billion. The company has approximately 33,000 employees.

Spring Maintenance Tips to Protect Your Home

A home is one of life’s most important investments. Keeping it properly maintained can help reduce the risk of a loss and help ensure the safety and well being of friends and family. Just in time for spring, Paul Fisher Insurance Services and Travelers, a leading provider of auto and homeowners insurance, offer these maintenance tips to prepare your home for warmer weather and to keep it safe year-round:

• Inspect your smoke detectors. Make sure that there is one on each floor of your home. Test them and change the batteries at least every six months, when you change your clocks.
• Check the light bulbs in all your fixtures to be sure that they are the correct wattage as recommended by the manufacturer.
• Replace lamps that use high-producing bulbs (such as halogen) with those that use fluorescent bulbs and operate at much cooler temperatures.
• Check your electrical outlets for potential fire hazards such as frayed wires or loose-fitting plugs. Be sure not to overload electrical outlets, fuse boxes, extension cords or any other power service.
• Keep a multi-purpose fire extinguisher accessible that is filled and ready for operation.
• Have your air conditioning system inspected by a professional as recommended by the manufacturer.
• Check for damage to your roof, and clean gutters and downspouts to keep debris from accumulating.
• Check your water heater for leaks and corrosion, and keep surrounding area clear.
• Clean and/or replace your furnace filter.
• Clean the clothes dryer exhaust duct and space under the dryer. Remove all lint, dust, and pieces of material or cloth.
• Inspect washing machine hoses and replace hoses that show signs of wear or leakage with stronger reinforced hoses. Turn off the water when not in use to prevent water damage if a hose breaks.
• In your yard, remove all dead trees and keep healthy trees and bushes trimmed and away from utility wires. Do not attempt to remove tree limbs from power lines yourself. Instead, call your power company to request assistance.
• Safely store oil and gas for lawn equipment and tools in a vented, secured area.
• Repair driveway and walkways that are cracked, broken or uneven to provide a level walking surface.

Established in 1983, Paul Fisher Insurance Services is an independent insurance agency offering a full range of insurance products including Auto, Home, Life, Equipment Leasing, Business Owners Insurance, Wedding Protection, Special Occasion Protection, and much more!

For information and quotes on insurance coverage, please visit
Paul Fisher Insurance Services at 3967 William Penn Highway Suite 3, Murrysville, PA 15668 or call (724)519-7503.

About Travelers
Travelers understands that life and business are inherently dynamic and that the best way to serve agents and policyholders is to deliver insurance that evolves to stay in-synch with life and business as they change. For more information on being in-synch, visit www.travelers.com.
The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV) is a leading property casualty insurer selling primarily through independent agents and brokers. The company’s diverse business lines offer its global customers a wide range of coverage in both the personal and commercial settings, including automobile, homeowners, construction, small business, oil and gas, ocean marine, surety and management liability, global technology and public sector services. Travelers is a Fortune 100 company, with 2007 revenues of $26 billion and total assets of $115 billion. The company has approximately 33,000 employees.

Police issue winter driving tips, info – CBS 21 News – Breaking news, sports and weather for the Harrisburg Pennsylvania area

Driving safely on icy 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.

* Do not use cruise control or overdrive on icy roads.

* 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.

* Do not pass snowplows and sanding trucks. The drivers have limited visibility, and you are likely to find the road in front of them worse than the road behind.

* Do not assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads.

If your rear wheels skid…

* Take your foot off the accelerator.

* Steer in the direction you want the front wheels to go. If your rear wheels are sliding left, steer left. If they are sliding right, steer right.

* If your rear wheels start sliding the other way as you recover, ease the steering wheel toward that side. You might have to steer left and right a few times to get your vehicle completely under control.

* If you have standard brakes, pump them gently.

* If you have anti-lock brakes (ABS), do not pump the brakes. Apply steady pressure to the brakes. You will feel the brakes pulse — this is normal.

If your front wheels skid…

* Take your foot off the gas and shift to neutral, but do not try to steer immediately.

* As the wheels skid sideways, they will slow the vehicle and traction will return. As it does, steer in the direction you want to go. Then put the transmission in “drive” or release the clutch, and accelerate gently.

If you are stuck…

* Do not spin your wheels. This will only dig you in deeper.

* Turn your wheels from side to side a few times to push snow out of the way.

* Use a light touch on the gas, to ease your car out.

* Use a shovel to clear snow away from the wheels and the underside of the car.

* Pour sand, kitty litter, gravel, or salt in the path of the wheels, to help get traction.

* Try rocking the vehicle. (Check your owner’s manual first — it can damage the transmission on some vehicles.) Shift from forward to reverse, and back again. Each time you are in gear, give a light touch on the gas until the vehicle gets going.

via Police issue winter driving tips, info – CBS 21 News – Breaking news, sports and weather for the Harrisburg Pennsylvania area.

6 Tips for winter driving – Waynesboro, PA – Waynesboro Record Herald

December is here and snow flurries have been spotted. Who knows when the first measurable snow will cover local roads. After last winter, when back-to-back snowstorms buried the region in February, there’s no telling what will happen this year.

Before hitting the roads this winter, keep the following in mind:

1. Take your time. Drivers should be cautious when driving in the snow by speeding up and slowing down slowly. By driving slower, motorists will be able to avoid skidding. Remember, it takes longer to slow down on snow-covered roads than on dry blacktop. Drivers should wait for road crews to treat roads for snow, whether by plowing or applying salt, before venturing out.

2. Check your vehicle’s brakes and tires and keep the gas tank half full. Tires should be properly inflated. AAA recommends that parking and emergency brakes not be used in freezing temperatures because the brakes could freeze.

3. Don’t stop if you can avoid it. Moving a vehicle from a complete stop on a snow-covered road is much harder inertia than a still-rolling vehicle. Try to just slow down enough for a traffic light change, without completely stopping. On the other side, drivers should be cautious about powering up hills. The extra gas needed to power up hills starts wheels spinning. Drivers should build up a little speed before reaching the hill, then allow this momentum to carry them to the top.

4. If your wheels skid:

Front wheel skid — Take your foot off the gas and shift to neutral, but don’t try to steer right away. As the wheels skid, the vehicle will slow and traction will return. As it does, steer in the direction you want to go, then put the vehicle in drive and accelerate gently.

Rear wheel skid — Take you foot off the gas. If the wheels are skidding left, steer left and vice versa for a right skid. The steering wheel may need to be adjusted several times before the vehicle is under control. Standard brakes should be pumped gently while steady pressure should be applied to anti-lock brakes. They will pulse, but this is normal.

5. Drivers should have a winter survival kit in their vehicles. The kit should include a cell phone with emergency contact numbers, blankets, gloves, hats, non-perishable food, water, medications, shovel, jumper cables, bag of salt or cat litter, flashlight and extra batteries, compass, first aid kit, ice scraper, scissors, string and a tool box. If you do get stuck in the snow, don’t wander away from your vehicle, but wait for help for arrive. Tie a brightly colored bandanna or other piece of cloth to your vehicle so rescue workers can find you. Also leave a window cracked open for fresh air.

6. Stay home. If you can avoid going out in winter weather, than do. Many people are safe winter drivers, but not everyone pays close attention to the road. If you do have to venture out but don’t feel comfortable driving, ask a friend, neighbor or co-worker to drive you. Remember to wear your seat belt. Every time anyone rides in a vehicle, seat belts should be buckled. In the chance of an accident, they could save your life. And never assume your vehicle can handle everything because it is four-wheel drive.

Information from AAA and The Weather Channel.

Copyright 2010 Waynesboro Record Herald. Some rights reserved

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Winter Driving Tips for Northeast Pennsylvania – Associated Content from Yahoo! – associatedcontent.com

Driving in the snow is something anyone who lives in North East Pennsylvania should know. One of the first lessons I learned when I received my driver’s license was to drive in the snow and how to be prepared in the

vehicle when driving through a snow storm. The best tip I learned was to stay home unless you absolutely must go somewhere. Your life is not worth risking if you feel the roads are dangerous.

Northeast Pennsylvania Driving Tip #1

Stay Home! Most of us know when a storm is approaching. Local news sources like WNEP, WBRE and CBS keep us up to date on when the weather is going to get ugly. Prepare yourself by watching the weather channel or your local news station. If they say 25 inches of snow is going to fall from the sky, make arrangements to stay home. Most likely, businesses in the area re going to close anyway.

Northeast Pennsylvania Driving Tip #2

If you don’t have a 4 wheel drive vehicle then when winter rolls around in the Poconos you are going to need to get it. 4 wheel drive vehicles help you get around when the snow is on the ground. It should be considered a must-have on a vehicle if you are going to live in Northeast Pennsylvania.

Northeast Pennsylvania Driving Tip #3

If you must drive, prepare your vehicle. Place emergency gear in the truck that includes flash lights, blankets, an extra set of clothes, flashers and other emergency equipment and make sure you have a full tank of gas. Several roads become closed when the weather gets bad. You might get stuck on the road and run out of fuel to keep you warm. Extra blankets and clothes will come in handy when that happens.

Northeast Pennsylvania Driving Tip #4

Bring food wherever you are traveling. In case of being stranded, you will have food to eat. There is no telling how long it will take for emergency vehicles to arrive and help. Having food like crackers, water, soda and other snacks will help to keep your hunger at bay until help arrives.

via Winter Driving Tips for Northeast Pennsylvania – Associated Content from Yahoo! – associatedcontent.com.

Winter Driving Tips

Preparation is one key to successfully navigating winter roads. Winter weather can bring unexpected conditions, so make sure that both you and your vehicle are ready for ice and snow.

Traffic in snow Getting Your Vehicle Ready for Winter

Getting Your Vehicle Ready for Winter

Preparation is one key to successfully navigating winter roads. Winter weather can bring unexpected conditions, so make sure that your vehicle is ready for ice and snow. Prior to the winter driving season, you should have a mechanic check the brakes, battery, hoses and belts. Below are some additional tips for getting your vehicle ready for winter.

* Check that your fluid levels are full.

* Make sure your wipers don´t streak. You may want to consider installing winter wiper blades.

* Ensure that your heater and defroster are working properly.

* Check that your vehicle´s radio is working properly so you can receive weather and traffic reports.

* Make sure all lights are working.

* Check to be sure that tires are properly inflated and have sufficient tread depth.

* If you live in an area prone to heavy snow, you may want to use dedicated snow tires on your vehicle or carry a set of tire chains. At a minimum, your all-weather tires should be mud and snow rated.

* In the case of a problem, contact a mechanic immediately.

Row of Snowplows With Cruiser Winter Emergency Kit

Winter Emergency Kit

PennDOT recommends packing a winter emergency kit in your vehicle anytime you travel. The following items should be considered for your kit:

* Flashlight and batteries

* Battery-operated radio

* Jumper cables

* Cell phone and charger

* Snow shovel

* Matches and candles

* First aid supplies

* Extra warm clothing and gloves

* Blanket

* Ice scraper

* Sand

* Bottled water

* Non-perishable food

* Anything else you may need to accommodate family traveling with you (special medication, baby supplies, pet food, etc.)

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Winter Driving Tips

Remember, if winter weather is forecast, eliminate all unnecessary travel. This will keep you and your family safe and allow PennDOT to more easily perform our winter duties. However, if you must travel, PennDOT offers the following tips for safe driving this winter season.

* Carry a winter emergency travel kit.

* Listen to weather and travel advisories, and if you don´t have to travel in bad weather, don´t.

* Keep your gas tank at least half full.

* Slow down and increase following distance.

* Avoid sudden stops and starts.

* Beware of roads that may look wet, but are actually frozen, often referred to as “black ice.”

* Use extra caution on bridges and ramps where ice can often form without warning.

* Carry a cell phone.

* Do not use cruise control while driving on snow-covered roads.

* State law requires you to turn on your headlights when your wipers are on.

* Use your low beams in bad weather, especially in cases of heavy or blowing snow.

* Remove ice and snow from windows, mirrors and all vehicle lights as often as needed.

* Remove snow and ice from the hood and roof of your vehicle. State law states that if snow or ice from your vehicle strikes a vehicle or person and causes death or injury, you can be ticketed.

* Do not park or abandon your vehicle on snow emergency routes.

* Do not pass or get between trucks plowing in a plow line (several trucks plowing side by side).

* Make sure someone else knows where you are going and when you expect to arrive. In case you run into an emergency and need help, someone will know where to look for you.

* If you do become stranded, it´s better to stay with your vehicle until help arrives. Run the engine every hour or so, but make sure the tailpipe is clear and keep the downwind window cracked open.

* Do not drink and drive and always wear your seat belt.

via Winter Driving.

Winter Driving Tips

Driving on snowy or icy roads requires special attention to safety. Although it’s impossible to have ideal road conditions 365 days a year, there are certain precautions you can take to make winter driving safer. Here are some tips and suggestions to help you get ready for the hazards of winter. And check the links at the bottom of this page for information on MoDOT Plowing Priorities and tips on shoveling your driveway. Before the Trip Winterize your car with fresh antifreeze, a good battery, a properly operating exhaust system and oil that will withstand the rigors of cold weather. If possible, avoid driving until the roads are safe and passable. You don’t want to slide off the road, and we don’t want to plow around disabled vehicles. Do a thorough pretrip inspection of your vehicle, paying special attention to your tires, brakes, windshield wipers and windshield wiper fluid.Equip Your Vehicle With: A flashlight with extra batteries A firstaid kit Necessary medications Blankets and/or sleeping bags Extra mittens or gloves, socks, a warm cap and rain gear A small sack of sand to use for traction under your wheels A small shovel Booster cables Small tools – pliers, wrench, screwdriver A brightly colored cloth to use as a flag Nonperishable foods Bottled waterDuring the Trip Obey speed limits; don’t speed. Use common sense, and adjust your speed to suit driving conditions . Give snowplows plenty of room, and don’t pass them. Always wear your seat belt. Remember that driving is most dangerous when temperatures are near 32 degrees. Watch for other vehicles having problems with road conditions. Keep mirrors, windows and lights clean; keep your lights on. Don’t pass other vehicles on or near bridges. Keep your fuel tank at least half full. If you don’t feel comfortable driving, park at the first safe place.If You’re Trapped in Your Car Stay in the vehicle. Don’t leave to search for help. It’s easy to become disoriented and lost in blowing and drifting snow. Display a trouble sign. Hang a brightly colored cloth on the antenna. Run the engine for about 10 minutes each hour. Run the heater and turn on the dome light only when the vehicle is running. Keep the exhaust pipe clear of snow, and open a window slightly for ventilation. Clap hands and move your arms and legs occasionally. Don’t stay in one position for too long. If more than one person is in the car, take turns sleeping. Huddle together for warmth. Use newspapers, maps and even car mats for added insulation.

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