Cold Weather Driving Tips

It’s starting to feel like fall outside, and that means winter is coming!  Snow, ice, darkness, wildlife and rain will all make driving this season incredibly dangerous. Make sure to prepare yourself and your vehicle so that you stay safe on the road.

The right preparations can substantially reduce your chance of an accident. Make sure your vehicle’s fluids have all been changed recently, and that its battery is in good condition. Also, including an emergency kit in your vehicle could save you from a dangerous situation. This kit should at least include an ice scraper, flashlight, blanket and first-aid kit.

Before you head out, check the weather forecast to see what conditions you may encounter. Also, let a friend or family member know where you’re going and how long you’ll be away. Make sure to remove all snow and ice from your vehicle, especially on windows and mirrors. Once you’re on the road, use your headlights at all times, and accelerate slowly in icy or snowy conditions. Also, be careful on bridges and overpasses; ice usually builds up on these areas first.

If you get into an accident, stay in your vehicle unless it’s in an unsafe location and turn on your hazard lights. Then, call a roadside assistance service or 911 for help.