Our danger of winter weather varies for most of us throughout the country and most definitely here in Texas. Regardless of what part of the state you live in at some point you may deal with severe winter weather.  It is very important to always be aware of changing weather conditions.  These winter storms are not only blizzards, but also ice, strong winds, sleet, and freezing rain. Always be prepared so that you know the steps to take if your power or heat is knocked out.  If you will be driving this winter season make sure your vehicle is safe to drive in any weather condition.  You can save yourself a huge headache by using this helpful winter preparedness list for your home and vehicle.

Home Preparedness

  • Clear all rain gutters from debris and soil
  • Repair roof leaks to prevent further damage from weight of ice or snow
  • Cut away tree branches that could potentially fall on your home
  • Maintain heating units as well as chimneys with proper inspection every year
  • Insulate pipes with insulation or newspapers to avoid freezing; allow faucets to slightly drip during cold weather this will help pipes from freezing
  • Keep fire extinguishers on hand; make sure every household member knows how to use them
  • Learn how and where to shut off water valves in case a pipe bursts
  • Structurally check the roof for weight capacity in case of accumulated snow or water

Driving Preparedness

Maintain your vehicle by:

  • Inspecting brakes, transmission and tires
  • Check that the terminals of your car battery are clean and ignition system is working properly
  • If necessary fill up your radiator coolant
  • Check the sturdiness of hoses and belts
  • Avoid freezing by checking your anti-freeze and thermostat
  • Check vehicles windshield wipers, headlights, tail and brake lights, and blinkers
  • Have your oil changed along with fuel and air filters

Drive safely during winter months by:

  • Checking current road conditions and weather forecast
  • Keep an all-weather emergency kit in your vehicle
  • Buckle up
  • Keep windshield clear of any debris
  • Do not rush, allow yourself plenty of time
  • Be aware of sleet, freezing rain, and icy spots on the road
  • Avoid slamming on the brakes by doing so early and slowly
  • Keep a safe distance from all vehicles on the road
  • When driving in snow, avoid sudden movements that could cause you to lose control of your vehicle

And most importantly drive safe and smart, protect yourself and family with these easy tips and remember never leave home without proper coverage.  Contact our offices for vehicle and home quotes before leaving to join your family for the holidays.