How to Stay Safe & in Cold Weather

Posted at 11:48 AM, Feb 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-13 11:48:08-05

Slick roads and low visibility are causing hazardous driving conditions.

If you have an issue, "Always pull off onto the shoulder," F/Lt. Joseph Thomas of the Michigan State Police said. "The closest unit will respond. We ask people to stay with their vehicle, turn their four-way flashers on, that alerts other drivers that there's some problem up ahead."

To avoid a potential accident, F/Lt. Thomas asks drivers to slow down, keep distance between you and the car ahead of you and be prepared for anything.

"This time of the year, it's always nice to have a safety kit whether you keep extra water in the car, protein bars," he said. "We always suggest that you have a blanket to help keep warm or have some hand-warmers in the car. Keep your cell phone charged so you can make that phone call."

With the blowing snow, Lt. Thomas told FOX 47 News that you may feel your car swerving. In that case, he asks drivers to keep two hands on the wheel and be careful not to over correct your vehicle.

"Because then you could find yourself moving into the next lane suddenly, so just be patient, understand that the weather conditions are somewhat adverse and be prepared," he said.

Or, if you can, stay off the roads.

And at home, make sure your furnace is ready to keep you warm.

Comfort First Heating and Cooling says when it's this cold, there's a lot of stress on your furnace.

"That's when your furnace - all the problems come out in it," Manager Brad Willette explained. "When it's running, running, running consistently. If it's gonna break, that's the time when it's gonna break."

To help prevent that from happening, Willette said make sure your filter is changed.

"You can visually take it out and inspect it yourself. If you don't have a chance to run to the store, you can vacuum them out, but I would highly encourage you to only use that as a temporary fix," Willette said.