For this reason, it is important to remember how to safely operate your vehicle, navigate in winter weather, and manage road emergencies. A good review of some important reminders is a great place to start! Continue reading to review some vital safety tips for winter driving, and be sure to pass them along to your friends and family too!
Winter Weather Tips for DriversYou never know what to expect with winter weather, so being prepared is key. One of the most important rules of safe driving that applies all year long is to have your vehicle serviced professionally according to its individual needs and its manufacturer’s maintenance schedule. When your vehicle is in good condition, it is in its safest form. This includes parts, fluids, tires, and more.
Another important part of being prepared is keeping an emergency roadside assistance kit in your vehicle at all times. There are various types of kits available at the stores, all with different items. Choose whichever kit best fits your emergency roadside needs, such as jumper cables, road triangles, flashlight, first aid kit, blanket, and more. Below are some additionally important tips to remember when driving in inclement weather.
More Driving Tips:
❄ Clear all snow off windows, head lights, and tail lights before leaving.
❄ Keep at least a half a tank of gas in your vehicle at all times.
❄ Periodically check for proper tire inflation.
❄ Do not leave a vehicle running in an enclosed garage.
❄ Always wear your seat-belt. Always ask passengers to buckle up too.
❄ Never drive when you are too tired or drowsy.
❄ Always keep your eyes on the direction you are steering.
❄ Avoid using the parking brake in wet or slick conditions.
❄ Avoid using cruise control in wet or slick conditions.
❄ Accelerate and Brake slowly on wet or snowy roads.
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❅ Have your vehicle serviced before you leave.
❅ Watch the weather before you leave to be prepared.
❅ Be sure you fully-charge your car phone and bring an emergency charging unit.
❅ Delay leaving if weather is too extreme.
❅ Check your emergency roadside kit and refill as needed.
❅ Check that your exhaust pipe is not clogged with snow.
❅ Pack extra blankets.
❅ If you get stuck in the snow, stay with your vehicle and call for help.