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With winter on the horizon, it is time to remind drivers of the dangers of driving in the snow. You never know when a storm can suddenly develop and leave roads a mess, this is why all drivers who live in an area that experiences winter driving conditions should be aware of safety precautions that are necessary if you happen to become trapped in your vehicle. Every weather situation is different but the following safety guidelines apply to all situations and can save your life.

Winter driving conditions offer their own unique type of hazards, which is why drivers should always have a winter survival kit in their vehicles. The survival kit should be loaded with food, clothing, water, an extra cell phone battery and blankets.

The food that you add to your survival kit should be dry packaged foods that will last for a long time. Foods of this nature include granola bars, trail mix, nuts, crackers and some types of candy. If you decide to add canned foods to your emergency kit, make sure that they have a lid that can be easily removed, such as a pull tab. This will allow you to access the food inside without going nuts trying to find a way to open the can. If you are willing to spend a few more dollars, you may want to add MRE meals that are available at military surplus stores as well as outdoor oriented stores.

Your kit should also contain extra clothing that can be used to provide warmth while you are stuck. The extra clothing should consist of boots, gloves, socks a blanket or sleeping bag. If you happen to get wet while venturing outside of your vehicle you will be grateful for the dry change of clothes.

Becoming stranded in the winter can also cause drivers to become dehydrated. It is important to have some extra bottles of water or Gatorade. This will help prevent dehydration. If you do not have access to fresh water, you can always eat snow or allow it to melt in order to drink.

These are just a few tips to help you stay safe in the winter months. Always be prepared and you will survive anything.

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It won’t be long before those white flaky cold things start falling from the sky covering our playgrounds giving our terrain a whole new spin on off roading fun. Winter Jeep Off roading can be just as much fun as mudding there is just different precautions that need to be taken and well, it is just a whole lot colder!

When planning an off roading winter adventure there is some precautionary things to keep in mind and bring along. Recovery gear is essential in any off roading adventure, but even more so important with winter conditions. Make sure you have packed tow hooks, snatch straps, and winches. These will be your lifeline if stuck in 6 feet of snow. Snow shovels are also important to bring. When stuck in snow, sometimes it can be as easy a digging the snow away from around the tires, frame and axle for relief.

Approaching snow covered ground take a bit of skill and experience different than that of approaching mud, but one similarity is to know your depth before charging in. It is easier to maneuver and get on top of packed or wet heavy snow then deep dry snow. Therefore, when facing 6 feet of dry snow, it is wise to reconsider unless your intent is to see how deep you can bury your jeep. You are wise to ride on terrain you are familiar with, that you have a good idea of what is underneath all that pretty white stuff.

Make sure your jeep is equipped with tires to handle the snow. Wide flexible tires work well under snow off roading conditions. It is essential you have along the trails with you and mobile air tank for re-airing your tires. Before hitting the trails covered in snow… lower the air pressure in your tires to help with surface contact. Lighter the Jeep the less you sink in the snow, so winter off roading is not a great time to carry everything except the kitchen sink with you. But do make sure you bring along some blankets and basic survival gear fro winter just in case you are off the beaten path and do get stuck!

If you are a winter off roader, share your tips here for others who also may want to play in the snow.

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Wintertime is hard on a vehicle. Cold temperatures can make it harder for an engine to turnover, start and work properly. Snow and ice can make it difficult for travel due to lack of traction if you are not running with proper tires. Salt on the streets cause rust and potholes can damage tires. It is important to take extra care of your Jeep during the winter months so it can continue to give you years of enjoyment, no matter the weather!

If you don’t already have winter tires, now is the time to get them! Even if you have winter tires, make sure you keep an eye on the tire pressure. Properly inflated tires will give you better traction. Have your four wheel drive given a once over making sure the system engages and disengages smoothly and that there are no strange noises. Check the transmission fluid and gear oil levels. Change your engine oil and adjust the viscosity grade accordingly. Inspect all belts and hoses, the battery, wipers and washer fluid, and your anti freeze mixture. Even after having your Jeep winterized, it is still wise to carry an emergency kit in your Jeep, regardless if you are hitting the trails or the streets. And as always, drive safely and be observant at all times. Just because you may have your Jeep under control doesn’t mean the driver in the next vehicle has theirs under control.

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As much fun as off roading in the snow can be, hypothermia is a real risk, one that can result in death. Being fully prepared before heading out can make the difference if you survive the trip if something should go wrong. From the El Paso County Search and Rescue, here is a list of preparedness tips and items needed in winter survival.

WINTER SURVIVAL/PREPAREDNESS
Compliments of El Paso County Search & Rescue

Clothing
Layers Polypropylene/Capilene – next to skin, wicking layer
Synthetics/ wool/pile – insulation layer
Windproof shell – ie Gore-tex 2. Mittens – better than gloves
Hat – over 50% heat loss through head

Hypothermia Symptoms
98.6 Normal body temperature.
95.0 Paleness, drowsiness, listlessness, shivering. Then mental confusion, armpits and abdomen become cold, blue lips, goose bumps.
93.2 Loss of memory, movements slow and hard, irrational behavior hands can no longer hold things.
91.4 Shaking stops, unconsciousness, shallow breathing, 50% chance of survival.
89.6 Slow weakened pulse. Heart may stop. 30% chance of survival.
68-77 Heart stops.

Remove wet clothing and replace with dry as soon as possible. Feed the victim warm drinks, tea, coffee or hot soup if the victim is conscious and able to drink. May need to help victim warm up with additional heat source such as heat packs, hot water bottles or even placing a warm dry body in contact with the victim in a sleeping bag.

Frostbite
Cold, stinging, then numbness in extremities. Discoloration of flesh First white, then gray, then yellowish-gray, then blueish-purple, indicates increasing severity of frostbite.
Remove wet clothing, cover exposed skin. Try to warm injured area and keep from refreezing. Do not rub injured area with snow. Warm water at 104 degrees if possible.

Stranded in Vehicle
Don’t panic – do not keep pushing on if visibility is very poor. Stay with the vehicle, better shelter and easier to find. Run motor to keep warm. Keep window cracked for air. Keep tailpipe clear to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Eat and drink fluids to maintain the ability to generate body heat. Drink even if you do not feel thirsty.
Exercise – move your arms and legs to help stay warm.

Every day we help Jeep Enthusiasts across the United States find the Jeep Parts and Accessories they need. With a selection of over 10,000 and climbing Jeep products, you are sure to find just the item you are looking for.
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Draper, UT. 84020
URL: http://www.xtremeterrain.com/
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Toll Free: 1-888-358-JEEP
Local: 1-801-649-4240
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It is that time of year again where that white stuff comes falling from the skies. Some look at it as a bad thing, but for some off roaders it is like Christmas everyday! And why wouldn’t it be, off roading in the snow is a blast. It presents with a whole new set of challenges making it exciting and often times pretty intense.

With new challenges there are a few things you should keep in mind before hitting the drifts, like definitely make sure you hit the snow trails with a friend. No one wants to be stuck or broke down in the dead of winter with freezing temperature with no help in sight!
Pack blankets, survival gear, snow shovel, air jack, tire chains, ice scraper/window brush, recovery equipment, communications equipment, food, water, and it doesn’t hurt to have a warm change of clothes and boots too. Make sure part of that gear is flashlights with fresh batteries. It gets dark earlier in the wintertime. Before hitting the trails, consider the age of your Jeep’s battery. Cold weather diminishes a battery much quicker so if your is older than 5 years, get a new one.

Driving on snow-covered trails brings on its own set of difficulties. Even if you have driven the same trail a hundred times before, snow covers all the trails faults and difficult situations. You can get stuck very easy in the snow as well. Know the trail, do a walk over before a drive through. Next week we will cover some tips that will help a first timer snow trail off roader. Have a wonderful weekend, and if it is snowing in your neck of the woods stay warm, and stay safe!

Every day we help Jeep Enthusiasts across the United States find the Jeep Parts and Accessories they need. With a selection of over 10,000 and climbing Jeep products, you are sure to find just the item you are looking for.
XtremeTerrain
1192 East Draper Parkway
Suite 302
Draper, UT. 84020
URL: http://www.xtremeterrain.com/
Telephone
Toll Free: 1-888-358-JEEP
Local: 1-801-649-4240
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