How to Prepare for Driving in Bad Weather before You Hit the Road in New Mexico

Precipitation levels are relatively low in New Mexico, to be sure, but if you’re driving in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, or Las Cruces, it’s wise to prepare for bad weather that could come up suddenly.

  • Make sure your insurance is up-to-date
  • Make sure you have your independent agent’s phone number handy

You can call the number on the back of your insurance card, to be sure, and your insurance company may have a policy whereby they’ll want you to contact the company directly instead of contacting your agent personally. However, it’s wise to have your agent’s phone number handy as well, so that you can contact him or her in the event you need to while you’re on the road.

  • Make sure your car is in good repair

If you haven’t recently, take your car into a mechanic and have him or her check its condition. Make sure the tires are in good repair and are inflated properly; if they’re worn at all, replace them.

Check and replace windshield wipers if necessary, and make sure your headlights are fully operational and properly positioned. Make sure the battery is fully charged (and holding that charge), and that your car’s antifreeze and windshield wiper fluid levels are appropriate.

What to have with you:

If you get stuck or stalled in cold or bad weather, it’s wise to have certain things with you both to help you get out of the situation and keep you safe if you need to wait for help:

  • Clean kitty litter

Plain old clean clay kitty litter is great for traction if you need it. If you get stuck, simply pour kitty litter around the tires for extra traction.

  • Extra clothes, water and food

It’s important have extra clothes, water and food in the event your car stalls and you get stranded. Carrying extra blankets for chilly temperatures at night are also a good idea.

  • Your cell phone, fully charged

Having a cell phone is almost ubiquitous these days, but if you don’t usually carry one, make sure you have one on you before you take to the road. You’ll need it to call for assistance.