Snow, sleet and freezing temperatures can be a dangerous combination when it comes to driving.  It is important to make sure that you and your vehicle are ready for this change to ensure the safety of yourself and others on the road.  Below are some helpful tips to get your vehicle ready for winter and what to do in dangerous winter road conditions.  

To prepare your car for winter, start with a checkup on your vehicle that includes checking the ignition, brakes, wiring, hoses and fan belts.  Make sure your tires have enough air and the tread is in good shape.  You should check that you have enough antifreeze and windshield wiper fluid in your reserve and that your windshield wipers are in good, working condition. 

 

You should also keep a few necessary items in your vehicle in the event of an emergency.  This should include a shovel, ice scraper, spare tire, jumper cables, bags of salt, tool kit, first aid kit, flares, a compass, non-perishable foods and a working flashlight with extra batteries.  It’s important to also keep some cold weather attire in your vehicle such as gloves, hats, scarves and blankets.

White-out conditions can happen abruptly while driving. If you cannot pull over, slow down gradually and stay at a safe speed. You should use low beam headlights and increase your distance from the vehicle in front of you. Most importantly, be patient and eliminate all distractions.

If you find yourself on icy roadways, the most important thing to do is slow down.  Hitting the brakes hard is normally your first reaction: however, doing so will often lock up your brakes causing your vehicle to slide on the ice. Because sliding is common on icy roads, so are multi-vehicle pile ups. If you are involved in an accident, stay in the vehicle and keep your seat belt on until help arrives. 

To avoid an accident or injury, always monitor the weather before heading out.  Check local cable channels, radio, newspapers and websites to better prepare for the commute ahead and make sure you give yourself extra time to get to your destination. We hope that you find these tips helpful and that you enjoy the winter season, while staying safe on the road.

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Source: Icyroadsafety.com, “Road Icing: Safety Tips to Remember”