SAFE WINTER TRAVEL
Ice and Snow, Take it Slow!
Winter conditions call for different driving tactics. A few good tips to remember are:
- Slower speed
- Slower acceleration
- Slower steering
- Slower braking
Give yourself extra time to reach your destination safely. It is not worth putting yourself and others in a dangerous situation just to save time. Winter driving is obviously different from summer driving. Remember to:
- Drive with your headlights on.
- Have all persons wear their seatbelts
- Keep your window free of fog and grime
- Drive for conditions. Do not get overconfident with four-wheel drive. It will not help you stop any faster.
- Winter road conditions often result in longer stopping distances. Drivers should allow additional room between their vehicle and other vehicles.
Winterize Your Vehicle
Take time to make sure your vehicle is in good working order; it may save your life and the lives of those traveling with you.
- Check the ignition, fuel, exhaust, and cooling systems
- Check fluid levels – oil, antifreeze, windshield washer, etc.
- Check belts, brakes, tire pressure and tread (purchase snow tires if needed)
- Replace non-working lights, keep them clean
- Replace worn wiper blades
Personal and Vehicle Safety Kits
Before heading out on any trip, some good items to have in your vehicle just in case you break down would be:
- ABC-type fire extinguisher
- Battery-operated radio and extra batteries
- Cat litter or sand for traction on ice and snow
A personal survival kit is also essential when out on the road whether it is a short trip or a long one. Keep items in airtight plastic bags inside a container and add other items you deem necessary.
- Blanket: Mylar and other
- Food: Choose whole grain cereals, nuts, energy bars, and food with high liquid content; avoid foods that make you thirsty. Remember a manual can opener if you pack canned food.
- Water: 1 gallon per person, for a 24-hour period. Write date on all food and water, replace every 6 months.