With Old Man Winter here, time for your Cold Weather Driving Tips!
The three P’s of Safe Winter Driving:
PREPARE for the trip;
PREVENT crashes on the road.
Maintain your car:
- Check battery
- tire tread and windshield wipers
- keep your windows clear
- put no-freeze fluid in the washer reservoir
- check your antifreeze.
Have on hand:
- jumper cables
- abrasive material (sand, kitty litter, even floor mats)
- snow brush
- ice scraper
- warning devices (like flares)
- For long trips, add food and water, medication and cell phone.
Stopped or stalled?
- Stay in your car
- don’t overexert
- put bright markers on antenna or windows and shine dome light
- if you run your car
- clear exhaust pipe and run it just enough to stay warm.
Plan your route:
- Allow plenty of time (check the weather and leave early if necessary)
- be familiar with the maps/ directions
- let others know your route and arrival time.
- Buckle up and use child safety seats properly.
- Never place a rear-facing infant seat in front of an air bag.
- Children 12 and under are much safer in the back seat.
- Drugs and alcohol never mix with driving.
- Slow down and increase distances between cars.
- Keep your eyes open for pedestrians walking in the road.
- Avoid fatigue – Get plenty of rest before the trip, stop at least every three hours, and rotate drivers if possible.
- If you are planning to drink, designate a sober driver
**Thanks to NHTSA and OSHA for the tips!