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Florida winter

Florida’s winter is officially here! We’ve had some record-breaking lows this week and even some snow flurries in parts of North Florida. As Floridians, most of us aren’t familiar with snow or icy conditions, and it can be incredibly dangerous to take to the road. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for parts of North Florida, and Gov. Scott has urged residents to prepare. Transportation crews are spraying roads and bridges in anticipation of freezing conditions. Below, we’ve got a few tips to help you navigate Florida’s cold front and keep you safe and warm!

Warm up.

Ice and driving don’t mix well. It’s important to take extreme caution and prepare yourself and your vehicle for winter conditions.

  • Start your car at least five minutes before you leave.

  • Never heat up your car inside of an enclosed area, like a garage.

  • Make sure to check your tire pressure. Tires often lose air pressure easily when temperatures drop.

  • Although you might not need it, keeping an emergency kit in the back of your car can help give you peace of mind. This includes an ice scraper, salt,  and extra jackets or blankets.

Drive slow.

In Florida, although snow might not last on the ground for too long, ice can accumulate and make driving conditions more difficult.  

  • Try and avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy, and snowy weather.

  • Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surfaces (be it wet, icy, or sandy).

  • Always look and steer where you want to go.

  • Use your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle.

  • Take your time and give yourself more space than normal between other vehicles.

Be safe indoors, too.

Winter safety doesn’t end outside. Make sure to follow safety protocols inside, too, whether that's using your heater properly or preparing safe shelters for outdoor animals.

  • Don’t forget about your furry friends. Make sure to protect pets, too. When colder weather is forecasted, bring pets that normally stay outside into your home or make sure they have a safe, warm shelter.

  • Most plants in Florida can only tolerate cold temperatures for a short period of time, so consider bringing in your plants, if possible. If you can’t transport them indoors, cover them with an old sheet or blanket.

  • When using a  space heater indoors, make sure to keep it on a flat, level surface, and out of reach of pets or small children. Never leave a space heater on when you're not home.

Winter weather in Florida is exciting, but make sure to take the necessary precautions to stay safe! If you have any questions about winter weather safety, reach out to us. If you’re looking to learn more about car insurance in Orlando or homeowner’s insurance in Central Florida, we're here to help! Harrell Agency Services is proud to be your go-to insurance agent in Central Florida. Call or visit us on Facebook to learn more about our services.

 

Posted 10:28 PM

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