Driving in winter is different than any other time of the year. Road hazards include ice, snow, reduced visibility, extreme cold temperatures, pavement damage, fog, rain, strong winds, freezing windshields and the list goes on and on. This means we need to adapt the way we drive. Different winter weather conditions create different hazards and every driver needs to be prepared for each road, traffic and weather condition. The following tips can help you better manage the various seasonal weather related travel hazards.
- Prepare your vehicle by having the anti-freeze tested and make sure all the lights are clean and working. Check your batter, wiper blades and windshield solvent. Tires should have the proper tread depth and pressure.
- Always maintain your vehicle so all equipment is property functioning
- Prepare an emergency kit in your vehicle that includes a tow rope or chain, shovel, first aid kit, warm clothing and a blanket, sand or kitty litter, flashlight, a second communication device or auxiliary battery charger and any other items that may become essential for your situation.
- Clear ice and snow from all lights and windows before driving.
- Prepare for your journey and be ready to make changes to your travel routes in order to avoid being stranded by weather related problems. Always keep someone updated on your travel plans and location.
- Prepare yourself by allowing extra time for possible mishaps and pack extra food and water.
- Make sure to keep the fuel tank as full as possible.
If you do get stranded, don’t panic. Stay with your vehicle and use a mobile phone, citizens band radio or some method to contact help.
DRIVE SLOW ON ICE AND SNOW!