Winter Driving Tips

As the temperature drops, consider some of these tips to help you stay safe and minimize the potential hazards posed by cold weather, winter storms and icy roads.

Tips for winter drivers

Winter is a beautiful and also potentially dangerous time of the year. If you plan on traveling during the winter, it pays to be prepared for the unexpected. Using common sense and developing a few simple driving habits like planning ahead, driving at a safe and legal speed, driving alert and sober and buckling up could ensure that you safely make it to your destination. We have put together the following tips to help you stay safe and minimize the potential hazards posed by cold weather, winter storms and icy roads.

Prepare for winter driving before a storm hits:

  • Have a mechanic check your car’s battery, brakes, fluid levels (antifreeze, windshield washer fluid and oil), as well as the heating and exhaust systems to ensure that your car is in good, safe working condition.
  • Try to keep your gas tank full during the winter months. Do not allow the gas to go below half a tank. Not only will this prevent damage from freezing, you will avoid running out of gas if you are stuck in a traffic jam during the dead of winter.
  • Install snow tires or all-weather radials with adequate treads.
  • An adequate supply of windshield washing liquid is critical to wash away the mud and melted snow that can severely limit visibility.
  • Prepare for an emergency. Keep the following in your trunk: blankets, clothing essentials (sweatshirts, sweaters, gloves), roadside visibility (triangle reflectors), first-aid kit, flashlight (and extra batteries), bag of sand, waterproof matches, jumper cables, chains, ice scraper/snow brush, small shovel, energy bars or trail mix, cell phone & charger, toolkit and brightly colored cloth (to tie to the antenna).