In New Mexico, January is the coldest month of the year with overnight temperatures reaching 23.8°F on average. With most nights below freezing, the best thing is to plan ahead and be prepared for the cold this season. From winter driving readiness to bundling up properly for snow days, Menicucci Insurance encourages everyone to take preventative measures and prepare for the coldest time in New Mexico's winter season.
Below are some winter safety tips and guidelines we encourage you to follow and share to keep both you and others warm and safe this winter!
1. DRIVE SAFELY
Driving in the winter means snowy and icy conditions on the road. During this time, it’s important to stay alert, drive slowly and be in control! Try to avoid using cruise control and when skidding, steer in the direction of the skid so when your wheels regain traction, you don’t have to overcorrect to stay in your lane. You can read more tips on winter driving here.
2. PREPARE YOUR CAR
Is your car ready for the cold? Here are a few tips on how to care for your car this season:
Check your tires and replace, if necessary.
Keep your gas tank full to prevent ice from getting in the tank and fuel lines.
Use a wintertime fluid in your windshield washer.
Make an emergency kit to keep in your car with water, snacks, first-aid kit, blankets, flashlight, etc.
3. WINTERIZE YOUR HOME
Winterize your home to help protect it from any potential damage the cold temperatures and snow may bring.
Inspect your heating system to see if any professional servicing or maintenance is needed.
Remove debris and clear the gutters on your roof so water can't back up and cause damage.
Trap heat inside your home by adding moisture to the air with a humidifier, sealing all doors and windows properly and adjusting your thermostat to maximize efficiency.
4. COLD WEATHER PET SAFETY
It's important to keep your furry companions warm and safe this winter! Many pet owners often think that a cat or dog will stay warm just with its fur, but this is incorrect. Animals need extra care and preparedness when braving the cold. Read how to keep your pet safe this winter here.
5. SAFE SNOW DAYS
When going outdoors, take these steps to stay safe and warm:
Wear layers of light and warm clothing, a wind-resistant coat, waterproof shoes, and a hat, gloves, and scarf.
Work slowly when engaged in outdoor tasks, such as shoveling/de-icing your driveway or removing snow and ice from your car.
Take a friend and carry a charged cell phone when participating in outdoor activities.