Winter Driving Tips for Motorists
Winter weather can make roads more dangerous for drivers, passengers and pedestrians. When hitting the roads this winter season, practice the following safety tips to lower your risk of accident.
Pre-Winter Driving Tips
- Take your vehicle in for a tune-up. A mechanic can correct any vehicle issues that can cause a breakdown due to the winter weather. Breakdowns can leave you stranded in cold conditions, putting you and any passengers in a dangerous position.
- Make sure your battery, lights, tires and breaks have been inspected and are up-to-date.
- Check www.nhtsa.gov to see if your vehicle is subject to any recalls so you can schedule the needed repairs right away.
Vehicle Safety Kit
In the event of a breakdown or if you become stranded in winter weather, stock your vehicle with the following safety items:
- Ice scraper, broom and snow shovel to clear the vehicle and surroundings
- Sand or cat litter, which can help get your vehicle out when stuck in a snowdrift
- Jumper cables
- Cellphone charger
- Food, water and needed medications
Winter Season Driving Tips
- While driving in inclement winter weather, be sure that you always follow these safety steps:
- Before setting out on a winter trip, check expected weather conditions along your route.
- Drive at slower speeds if conditions are foul, and leave more space between your car and other vehicles.
- Everyone in the vehicle should wear seat belts, and children should be in car seats appropriate for their height and weight in the back seat.
- Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid running out of gas.
- Avoid all distractions, such as cellphone use, while driving.
- Always drive sober.
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