While many people love the winter time because it ushers in the holiday season, for those who regularly drive, the winter can be a dangerous time because it can generate road hazards like ice and snow that can increase the risk of serious car accidents. If you plan on doing a lot of driving this winter season, here are some safety tips to keep in mind in order to minimize your risk of getting into a car accident:
- Make sure your car has plenty of windshield wiper fluid in it to prevent liquid de-icers from potentially sticking to your windshield and obscuring visibility when driving.
- Give snowplow truck drivers plenty of room if you cross paths with them on the road.
- Do not speed when driving, as speeding on icy roads can cause you to lose control of your vehicle. It’s a good idea to also not speed on roads that may have been treated with liquid de-icers because you could still hit an icy patch of the road and potentially lose control of your car.
- Do not use cruise control when driving during the winter because it could prevent you from being able to appropriately respond to changing conditions when driving.
- Make sure you carry the following items in your vehicle:
- An ice scraper and snow brush to free your vehicle of ice and snow (especially when you are starting your car after it has been parked for some period of time)
- A winter coat, scarf, hat and gloves so that you have warm clothing for when you need to be out of your vehicle (either to clear it of ice and snow or in case your vehicle breaks down)
- A first aid kit, flash light, nonperishable food and matches in case your vehicle breaks down and you are stuck in your car waiting for help for an extended period of time
- Tire chains in the event conditions change and necessitate putting chains on your vehicle.
- Check your tires to ensure that they have the appropriate amount of tread (at least 6/32”). If the tread on your tires is less than 6/32” or less than the manufacturer’s suggested amount, then be sure to replace your tires before winter fully sets in.
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