While it is above freezing the Lexington Office of Emergency Management recommends cleaning off headlights, tail lights, mirrors and windows. Make sure that you can see out and other drivers can see you. Also, making sure to refill your windshield washer fluid will make for a safer commute.
Drivers should also keep at least a half tank of gas in the vehicle, AAA said. Slippery roads can lead to wrecks, which could cause unexpected detours and delays for drivers.
Air pressure in tires should also be checked, officials said. Cold air can cause pressure to drop, and tires without the correct pressure can lead to less traction on roadways.
All vehicles should also have an emergency kit, police said. Kits should include blankets, gloves, hats, food and water.
According to police officials, if you get stranded, stay with the vehicle. Don’t try to walk for assistance, the bitter cold can cause frost bite in just a few minutes.
In your home, check pipes and leave a drip of water running overnight, emergency management officials said. A small drip of water will make sure your pipes don’t freeze.
Clearing your sidewalks and walkways ahead of cold temperatures will be helpful, they added. Salt won’t be effective when temperatures drop into the single digits.