Inclement weather such as snow, slush, sleet, hail and ice on the road can present formidable challenges when you get behind the wheel in the winter. These conditions can make it difficult to see, cause vehicles to slide and hinder a driver’s ability to slow down and stop, increasing the chances of an accident.
How to Drive Safely In Winter Weather
Be prepared. Before cold weather strikes, it is essential to make sure your vehicle is in good working order. Top off all fluids, especially antifreeze/coolant and windshield washer fluid. It’s also a good idea to check tire pressure, lights, windshield wipers, and your spare tire and jack before hitting the road.
Put together a roadside emergency kit that includes blankets, a first aid kit, road flares, jumper cables, a flashlight with extra batteries, and a small tool kit. Keep a working cell phone and charger in your vehicle, but do not use it while driving.
A shovel, cat litter, and sand are useful during the cold winter months if you need to dig your car out of the snow or get traction if you encounter icy roads. Keep your gas tank at least half full so you can run your engine and stay warm if you get stranded. Always check to make sure that your exhaust pipe is not blocked with snow, which can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning when you run your vehicle. Open your window slightly to help prevent any buildup.
Pay attention to the weather. Sign up for alerts or check road and weather conditions on local news stations, weather sites and apps to see what’s happening outside before you leave. If going out isn’t absolutely necessary when the weather gets bad, stay home.
Use extreme caution on the road. Before you embark on any journey, clear all of the snow and ice off your car completely, including hood, roof, and trunk. Drive with your headlights on, and keep windows, mirrors, and lights clear to improve visibility.
Bear in mind that speed limits are meant for dry roads and ideal weather conditions. Pay close attention to your surroundings, reduce your speed and increase your following distance in inclement weather. Slow down and drive cautiously on bridges and overpasses, as they are the first areas to become icy.
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