Please keep our roads safe this winter by being prepared and driving for the conditions. We have put together some tips for you to keep in mind for winter driving.
It’s important to keep your vehicle(s) in shape for driving in the winter.
- Winterize your ride by having the battery, heater, defroster, hoses, belts, anti-freeze, brakes, tires and wipers checked. We would also recommend putting winter tires on your vehicle(s) for superior traction.
- Have a snowbrush/ice scraper handy and make sure to always completely brush all snow and ice off your vehicle’s windshield, windows, mirrors, headlights, taillights and roof.
- Try to maintain your vehicle’s gas tank at a minimum of half full in case you become stranded.
- Carry a winter emergency road kit. This kit should include a blanket, extra clothing, non-perishable food, first aid kit, flashlight with batteries, sand or kitty litter, and shovel.
Drive according to the conditions.
- In snowy and icy conditions, slow down and play it safe. Remember, the posted speed limits are for ideal road conditions. Take your time to get to your destination safely.
- Put your headlights on during a snow storm and never use cruise control.
- If you can, avoid previous tire tracks and drive outside them for extra traction within your lane .
- Avoid sudden changes in direction or slamming on your brakes as you could spin out of control.