ADVICE FROM AMERICAN MEDICAL RESPONSE:
DRIVING SAFELY IN WINTER WEATHER
(JACKSON, Miss.) — Because driving in winter weather increases the chances of injury in a crash, drivers must adopt several precautions, say paramedics at American Medical Response (AMR).
“Studies show that auto crashes increase by 12 percent nationwide during January and February. If you don’t have to be out in a winter storm before the roads are adequately cleared, stay home,” advises Jim Pollard of AMR. “If you do have to venture out behind the wheel, specific skills are required.”
Pollard urges drivers to stay at speeds safe for conditions. He recommends taking it slow and allowing plenty of time to get to your destination. Slippery roads, diminished visibility due to snow and flat light conditions can all contribute to car crashes.
Pollard reminds residents and visitors to:
- Avoid changing lanes quickly
- Allow more time and distance to adequately brake and stop
- Check to ensure your car is in good running condition with properly functioning brakes and battery, appropriate tire pressure, adequate fluid levels and good windshield wipers
- Try not to go below a half tank of gas in the event of a slow, long commute during stormy weather
- If you do get stuck and you run your engine, make sure the tailpipe is not blocked with snow. That’s because carbon monoxide can leak into the car.
If you do have to drive in winter conditions, keep an emergency kit in your car in case you are stranded. The kit should include:
- Shovel, windshield scraper, booster cables, sand or kitty litter and a tow rope
- Warm blankets, dry hat, gloves and outerwear, battery-powered radio and a flashlight
- Drinking water, non-perishable food and a first aid kit
For more information on driving safely in winter weather, visit the American Automobile Association at aaa.org.
About American Medical Response (AMR)
American Medical Response, Inc., America’s leading provider of medical transportation, provides services in 40 states and the District of Columbia. More than 28,000 AMR paramedics, EMTs, RNs and other professionals work together to transport more than 4.8 million patients nationwide each year in critical, emergency and non-emergency situations. AMR also provides fire services through Rural Metro Fire Department, www.ruralmetrofire.com. For more information about AMR, visit www.amr.net and follow American Medical Response on Facebook @AMR_Social on Twitter and Instagram.
AMR is part of the Global Medical Response family. Global Medical Response, Inc. is the industry-leading air, ground, specialty and residential fire services, and managed medical transportation organization. With more than 38,000 employees, GMR delivers compassionate, quality medical care, primarily in the areas of emergency and patient relocation services in the United States and around the world. For more information, visit www.globalmedicalresponse.com.
Serving 17 Mississippi counties, AMR companies are the state’s busiest ambulance services.