Winter Driving Tips
- Use caution and common sense when driving in
the winter. Vehicles cannot stop as fast on icy and snowy roads.
- When the roads are icy, drive extra carefully.
Reduce your speed.
- Keep more distance than usual between you and
the vehicle in front of you.
- Avoid sudden steering, accelerating, or
- Watch for scattered slippery spots, especially
on overpasses, bridges and underpasses. These areas freeze first in cold
- Watch out for black ice, where the asphalt
ahead looks black and shiny. (In winter asphalt is a gray-white
color). SLOW DOWN
- Keep a shovel, warm blankets, and bags of sand
or cat litter in the trunk which can be used in case of emergency.
- If your vehicle does become stuck and you are
unable to free it, run the engine and heat for only short periods of
time with the window partially rolled down. Make sure the end of the
exhaust pipe is unobstructed.
- Stay in your vehicle in case of emergency.
- Keep the gas tank and windshield washer
- Make sure wiper blades and snow tires are in
good condition prior to the start of the winter season.
- Clear snow and ice from windows, mirrors, hood,
roof, headlights, taillights and trunk. Use low-beam headlights in snow
- When applying the brakes on either snow or ice,
avoid locking the brakes. This allows you to maintain steering control
of the vehicle while obtaining maximum braking efficiency. On vehicles
equipped with anti-lock brakes, do not pump the brake pedal -- apply
- Motorists who change lanes or merge on icy or
snow roads should proceed with caution. Watch out for other drivers.
- Always wear your safety belt.
- If you see a large plume of snow or yellow
flashing lights, stay back -- it is probably a snowplow clearing the
- Keep telephone numbers for local tow service
and/or roadside assistance in case your vehicle becomes disabled or
stuck in the snow.
- Carry a cell phone. (Remember
inactivated cell phones still work for 911 emergencies).
- In bad weather conditions, don’t
travel. If you must travel, let family members or friends know your
route, destination, and approximate time of arrival.