As the snow start falling and the wind grows colder, it's time to start thinking about winter driving safety. Santa may have already completed his 'round the world trip, but your winter driving season is just getting started. Stay safe this winter with these tips.
The first thing to do is get your vehicle ready. This includes making sure you have plenty of coolant (also known as anti-freeze, for obvious reasons), an ice scraper, a snow shover, and a complete vehicle emergency kit including flares, tools, blankets, and basic repair and survival necessities. Bringing along sand and salt can help clear icy patches if you get stuck.
Before you head out on any trip, be sure that you won't be caught in winter weather before you head back home. Make sure that people know where you are going and the route you're taking to get there, so if you get stranded help can find you.
Don't wait for your vehicle heater to clear the snow and ice from your car. Take the time to clear your vehicle yourself. Leftover snow on side and rear windows obstruct your view, and snow over reflectors, headlights, and taillights make you more difficult for other drivers to see.
If you have a breakdown on the winter roads, don't try to plod long distances on foot. Just get your vehicle out of danger, and wait for help.
No matter that the weather is, make sure you exercise proper safety procedures including wearing your safety belts and putting down distracting devices like cell phones!
Rudolph's famous flight has come and gone, but icy, snowy, rainy, and foggy weather is just beginning. Make sure your headlights are clear and bright - if they seem dim, consider replacing them or doing a headlight restoration. It's a super easy process you can do in an afternoon with a kit!