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Winter is coming, are you ready?

With fall upon us and winter just around the corner, drivers need to prepare for changing road conditions. Road that were easy to drive in the summer may change during the winter. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Senior Airman Michael Hunsaker)

With fall upon us and winter just around the corner, drivers need to prepare for changing road conditions. Roads that were easy to drive in the summer may change during the winter. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Senior Airman Michael Hunsaker)

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio -- As anticipation for the holidays rise and people are showered with the crisp gold, orange and red leaves of autumn, the threat of winter slowly creeps over the horizon.

National Air and Space Intelligence Center employees are encouraged to take precautions to prevent illness, injuries, or fatalities this winter.
James Douglas, NASIC chief of safety, advises people to monitor themselves and their vehicles during adverse weather conditions and to wear appropriate clothing.

“Wearing the right clothing is important during winter,” Douglas said. “I would suggest a warm hat that covers the back of the neck and ears, wearing slip-resistant shoes or boots and dressing in layers to add or remove clothing based on the weather. If you need to wear special clothing allow yourself time to change at the workplace.”

Ice and slick spot build ups are possible even with shoveling and laying down absorbent material.

“Avoid slick spots on sidewalks,” Douglas said. “Road management teams will be out, but they may not be able to clear all areas. Everyone should take responsibility around the workplace. Attempt to lay down salt where needed, warn others of hazards and report slick spots to the NASIC control center.”

Part of the winter season means not only preparing yourself, but your vehicle as well.

“Everyone should ensure their vehicle is in functioning order,” Douglas said. “A good battery to help with cold starts is important, along with a set of winter or all-season tires that should help on the roads.”

Similar to the seasons, driving conditions change throughout the year. With these changes, it’s crucial to take precautions, to ensure the safety of all NASIC members and their families.

“Adjust your personal schedule,” Douglas continued. “You should drive to match the weather. Leave sooner to give yourself ample drive time and plan alternate routes as well as prepare to drive slower.”

NASIC’s chief of safety also recommends having an emergency kit available in case of an unforeseen accident and offers these tips to keep in mind while driving in the winter.

• Stay vigilant. Do not use cell phones while operating a vehicle.
• If roads are frozen, beware of black ice.
• Routinely check brakes, heaters, tire pressure and vehicle fluids.
• Stock nonperishables and water in your vehicle, in case of emergency.
• Keep a small shovel, blankets, reflective vests and orange cones in your vehicle.
• Always wear your seatbelt.

Organizations should contact their safety representatives to learn more about what is expected from their respective unit as the winter season approaches. For more information, call 257-2086.

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