The snow may look beautiful on your winter drive, but don't doubt the danger in driving through cold or icy conditions. You can avoid an accident and keep your passengers safe with a little winter driving preparation and disaster prevention.
Before the Storm
First things first: prepare for a snowy or icy drive before you actually have to take one.
- Pack a Travel Safety Kit- include items like first aid, flashlight & batteries, blankets, tow rope, and ice scraper
- Keep water stored in your car
- Keep a generous supply of windshield wiping fluid; windows need to be clear of mud and slosh so that you can see clearly
Before a Trip
In addition to the above, the following should be considered right before you leave for a trip in the winter.
- Plan for weather; search and plan for conditions through the route you will be traveling
- Check battery, brakes, and fluids
- Check front & rear defrosters
- Check tires for proper inflation and tread
When You're Driving
- Know your route and keep up with current weather information; sometimes interstate highways are your safest option
- Be cautious of other cars & biking/jogging/walking pedestrians when pulling into a street where snow has limited your line of vision
- Slow down
- Allow distance between vehicles
- Tell someone where you're going and your approximated time of arrival
- Stay in your vehicle if you get stuck. Your chances are better where your safety supplies are than wandering in the cold looking for help.
If you've told someone when you should be arriving and the route you are taking, they'll know where to look when you don't arrive on time.
- Avoid driving on snow and/or ice whenever possible
It is always necessary that you drive with caution when traveling through freezing rain, snow, or slick roads.
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