A Guide to Safer Winter Driving

A Guide to Safer Winter Driving

The cold, winter weather is here, which means that you need to prepare for winter driving. Being behind the wheel during a winter storm can be harrowing, but if you prepare and follow safety precautions for driving in ice and snow, you can get to your destination safely.


Prepare Your Vehicle

Make sure you have good tires that are inflated correctly and have plenty of tread. If you often drive in the snow, investing in good snow tires is a good idea. You should also keep at least a half a tank of gas in your car at all times, and keep a cold-weather emergency kit in the car. The kit should include a flashlight, blankets, a charged phone battery, and warm clothes.


Driving In the Snow

If you have to head out in a winter storm, make sure you plan ahead and take it slow. Always accelerate slowly and never slam on the brakes. It is important to increase your following distance when driving on slippery roads, and know your brakes. If you can avoid driving during a winter storm, stay home and wait until the roads are clear and safe.


If You Get Stuck

If you ever get stuck in the snow during a storm, always stay with your vehicle. You also want to make sure you stay visible, so help can find you. If it is safe, get out and clear the exhaust pipe to keep carbon monoxide from getting into the car.

Follow these tips and you can stay safe roads this winter.

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