Winter Weather Driving Tips

  • Allow enough time. Driving during the winter can take longer than other times of the year, especially if you encounter stormy conditions or icy roads. Get an early start and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
  • Keep your gas tank full. It may be necessary to change routes or turn back during a bad storm or you may be caught in a traffic delay.
  • Keep the windshield and windows clear. You may want to stop at a safe turnout to use a snow brush or scraper. Use the car defroster and a clean cloth to keep the windows free of fog.
  • Slow down. A highway speed of 65 miles per hour may be safe in dry weather, but an invitation for trouble on snow and ice. Snow and ice make stopping distances much longer, so keep your seat belt buckled and leave more distance between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead. Bridge decks and shady spots can be icy when other areas are not. Remember to avoid sudden stops and quick direction changes.
  • Be more observant. Visibility is often limited in winter by weather conditions. Slow down and watch for other vehicles that have flashing lights, visibility may be so restricted during a storm that it is difficult to see anything.
  • When stalled, stay with your vehicle, and try to conserve fuel while maintaining warmth. Be alert to keep your tail pipe clear, so you don’t have any possible exhaust or monoxide problems.
  • Give snowplows room to work. Stay at least four (4) car lengths back from snowplows and snow removal equipment. Remember equipment operators must focus on snow removal and cannot always watch out for motorists. Refrain from, or use extreme caution, when passing snow removal equipment.
  • Keep an Emergency Kit, have a First Aid / Emergency Kit available to you and your family in your vehicle. Make sure to have extra food items, water, extra blankets, gloves, hats, and jackets. Jumper cables, a small shovel, flashlight, and road flares. Be prepared for any emergency.

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