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NEWS | Nov. 22, 2022

Safety: Are You and Your Vehicles Ready for Winter?

BLUF: Winter weather preparations should include winter survivability in case of emergencies.

M915 Tractor trucks of 2nd Squadron, 101st Cavalry Regiment prepares their heavy equipment
Photo by 1st Lt. Jason Carr
This article initially appeared in PS 792 (Nov 18), p. 12.*

Operators, winter is definitely here. Whether it’s your assigned military vehicle or personal automobile, you’ve got snow tires and antifreeze and think you’re good to go. Hold on! There’s more to winter prep than snow tires and antifreeze!
Winter weather requires more preparation and maintenance for vehicles. Part of that preparation should include winter survivability tips in case of emergencies.
Of course, the -10 TM is your first stop when it comes to your assigned military vehicle. The section on Operation Under Unusual Conditions has info about starting, operating and maintaining vehicles in cold weather.
A video, produced by the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center, is a great resource, too, particularly when it comes to your personal car or truck. It shows what to do if you’re stranded in a vehicle during winter. You can view it below.

VIDEO | 00:29 | Stranded in Vehicle
Practical Tips Like These Could Save Your Life:
  • Raise the hood and display a trouble sign, like a bright cloth tied to the side mirror or fastened at the top of a door.
  • Make sure snow drifts or debris don’t block the tail pipe.
  • Stay in the vehicle unless you can see help within 100 yards.
  • Crank the vehicle once every hour and run the heater about 10 minutes.
Learn About Additional Winter Driving Tips At:
* Slight modifications were made from the original article to distinguish military from personal vehicles.
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