Are you ready for snow? Are you ready for below freezing temperatures, harsh winds, and road ice? As the eastern sea board braces for a monster storm being caused by a hurricane and two other weather fronts converging we find ourselves thinking about the long winter ahead. According to the National Weather Service the week ahead looks pretty good for Yavapai county, with daytime temperatures averaging in the seventies, and night time temperatures dropping into the upper thirties. But that won’t last for long, and it’s important to be prepared.
Last winter the Prescott area saw more snow than usual, bringing smiles to the faces of children and groans most parents and adults. While the kids were out building snow men and breaking out their sleds Moms and Dads were busy spreading salt over their driveways and putting chains on their tires. Those who were unlucky enough to get caught on the streets of Prescott during these storms found their vehicles sliding through parking lots and around corners going as slow as 10 mph.
Now is the time to take inventory of your winter driving supplies and stock up on anything you don’t have, or may be short of. Common supplies needed in the Prescott area are road salts for driveways and private roads, good tire chains, deep-freeze anti freeze, and a fully stocked first aid kit. Making sure you have an extra blanket in your vehicle is also a good idea, as well as a pair of amber driving glasses to guard against the blinding glare of snow.
But snow isn’t the only danger for winter diving. Hard rains and flooding are more common than snow in the outlying communities, such as Chino Valley, Williamson Valley, and especially Paulden. Be prepared for muddy conditions. If it’s time for new tires get a deeper tread. Also, toss a package of wet wipes or baby wipes into your vehicle to clean off mud on your person, as well as a towel to dry your hands and face. Removable floor carpets under the driver’s feet can help his or her shoes from staying wet and slick, which can cause feet to slip on the peddles.
The most important things to check to prepare for winter driving in the Prescott area are your battery and your tires. Many people get stuck because of a dead battery when they could have avoided it, and others loose traction on slick surfaces because their tires aren’t properly pressurized or give out under extreme weather conditions.
The week ahead may be a stretch of nice, average Fall days, but we’ll be getting our own storms soon enough. Stock up, double check, and be prepared before the snow and freezing rains hit.