Winter safety tips

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- Another winter is bearing down on the Saber nation, and preparation will be the key to having a safe winter season.  Holiday plans will dissolve quickly if you're involved in a vehicle mishap.

Airmen and families of the 52d Fighter Wing have a staggering record of poor driving performance during the winter months. Many of these mishaps could have been prevented with a little bit of preparation.

Tires are the most important aspect of your vehicle to maintain. Winter or all-season tires are required for Spangdahlem drivers from the November 15th to March 1st. If you have a challenging commute or mission essential duties, winter (snow) tires are an absolute must. Many Spangdahlem drivers incorrectly assume since all-season tires are the minimum requirement, they will perform as well as winter tires. If you can spare four minutes of your time, check out the video link below. It provides a telling comparison of the two:


Once you have the proper tires on your vehicle, it is essential that you maintain them properly.  Having your tires properly inflated not only offers you better gas mileage but increases the amount of rubber touching the road surface. It is also important to rotate your tires according to the manufacturer's instructions. Manufacturers go to great lengths to ensure your vehicle is safe to operate on the road which includes providing safe operating instructions inside the owner's manual. Don't have an owner's manual anymore? No sweat, just Google it and check your tread depth if you have had your tires for awhile.

For those who don't have the time to do the work themselves should call on the experts. Professional automotive mechanics are the experts and can take your car into the shop for a "once over" to ensure you're ready. Recently, we hosted Operation Winterize and provided free winter car checks, so if you missed it, you'll have to make an appointment with the Auto Hobby Shop or Spangdahlem's Car Care Center.

Lastly, inventory your emergency kits. Stocking up on emergency essentials like blankets, extra clothes, flashlight, sandbags etc., can really make a world of difference if you're stranded.

Remember, preparation is the key to any successful venture. Are you prepared? 

If you have any questions, concerns, or if you would just like more informational tips on how to stay safe this winter, please feel free to call us at 452-SAFE(7233) or commercially 06565617233.