Safety Source: Winter Driving Safety Tips

winter driving safety

Winter, may it be long and frigid, or fleeting and balmy, can pose a number of different challenges when it comes to driving.  Even a brief cold snap can take a toll on your vehicle and the roads.  Dead batteries, under-inflated tires, damaged streets, and slick surfaces can all make this time of the year a treacherous one behind the wheel.  However paying a little extra attention to some important details can set you up for a safe commute. 

The first thing to take care of is your vehicle.  Some extra maintenance and preparation can protect your car from winter’s extreme weather conditions.  Check the condition of the following:

  • Ignition
  • Brakes
  • Wiring
  • Belts
  • Spark plugs
  • Battery
  • Tire wear
  • Tire pressure
  • Antifreeze levels

Once you are on the road, understanding how to navigate through slick conditions can be invaluable.

  • Never use your parking brake to stop or slow down.
  • Avoid using cruise control.
  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly.
  • Maintain at least half a tank of gas.

It’s also a good idea to keep a few extra things on hand when you hit the road.

  • Jumper cables
  • Tow chains/ropes
  • Tool box
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Extra blankets and/or coats

Whether you are staying home in a warmer climate, or traveling to a location with fierce winter weather, these tips can help you stay safe.  Keeping your car prepared and understanding road conditions are important all year long, but especially during the colder months.

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