Driving safely in winter weather can be a challenge for even the most experienced driver. It’s easy to forget after months of mild conditions that snow and ice demand careful driving practices.
Ready Your Vehicle
In winter, pay special attention to your vehicle’s battery, wipers, coolant, tires and other systems that can take a beating when the temperature drops.
Helpful hint* Don’t forget to clear off your backup camera. It’s frequently neglected when removing snow and ice from a vehicle.
Drive for the Weather
Drive cautiously and remember to go slow. It’s harder to control or stop your vehicle on a slick or snow-covered road. Increase your following distance so that you’ll have plenty of time to stop for vehicles ahead of you.
Helpful hint* All-wheel drive cars/driving modes perform better in bad weather.
Know the weather and traffic conditions and plan your route accordingly. Give yourself more time to get where you’re going and don’t rush.
Helpful hint* Remember some side roads could be very slick. Main roads tend to have more car traffic and are more regularly serviced and salted by snowplows.
In Case of Danger
Make sure your vehicle is stocked to help get you out of trouble or to keep you safe until help arrives. Keep blankets, flashlights, jumper cables, and flares or emergency lights in your vehicle. Even if you don’t need them, they can be used to help someone else in need on the road.
Helpful hint* Keep a small shovel, spare book of matches and a multi-tool in the car in the chance you become stranded.
We’ve included a link to the NHTSA for more helpful winter weather information. Together let’s stay safe out there on the winter roads.