Stay safe on the road during snow storms

Posted: 1/20/2012

The best advice for driving in winter weather is to not do it! However, there are many times when it cannot be avoided. You've winterized your home - now it's time to do the same with your car.

Prepare your car for the winter:

  • Check tire pressure and tread
  • Inspect all belts and hoses
  • Make sure the battery is fully charged
  • Change the oil, switching to a thinner grade of engine oil for better performance in colder temperatures
  • Inspect the wipers and wiper fluid to ensure better visibility
  • Ensure your lights are working, check your brakes
  • Keep a windshield scraper and small broom for ice and snow removal in your car
  • Maintain at least a half tank of gas throughout the winter season.

If you must drive during hazardous winter conditions, be prepared:

  • Stock your car with a survival kit (Blankets, shovel, flashlight, batteries, extra warm clothing, battery booster cables, energy snacks)
  • Match your speed to the road and weather conditions.
  • Brake before you turn a corner.
  • If you go into a skid, turn your wheels into the skid and accelerate slightly to regain control of your vehicle. Feel free to check out this video for more instructions on skid recovery.
  • Keep sand or kitty litter in your trunk to put down near your tires if you get stuck or need extra traction.
  • And, as always, do NOT text, dial, drink and drive!