Safety Tips for Driving in Winter
Winter is a dangerous time of the year, with its icy roads and slick conditions. Over 673,000 people are injured annually, and nearly 7,400 people die in weather-related accidents. The roads are slick, and even driving slowly may not be enough to protect you and your family from the dangerous conditions. Use the tips below to help you arrive safely at your destinations this winter season.
- Slow down, no one’s life is worth saving two minutes on your way to a holiday party.
- Accelerate and brake slowly.
- Don't get overconfident in your driving or in the performance of your car, even if you have four-wheel drive, your car is not able to perfectly drive in slick winter conditions.
- Triple your normal following distance between you and the car ahead of you.
- Avoid coming to a full stop, especially on a hill.
- Practice driving in slick conditions - go to a parking lot and purposefully skid to practice handling your car in the ice and snow.
- Drive with your headlights on.
- Before driving, clear off all ice and snow from your car (including the roof).
- Clear all snow and ice off your headlights as well.
- Never use your cell phone while driving, including talking on the phone.
- Keep your gas tank close to full to prevent the gas lines from freezing.
- Avoid using cruise control on slick roads.
- Properly inflate your tires.
- Service your car as soon as possible.
- Keep your windshield fluid full.
- Always use your seatbelt.
- Keep an emergency kit in your car all winter including jumper cables, extra blankets, snow shovel, flashlight, food, flares, towels, water, etc.
- Consider staying home - if the weather is really terrible, you can cancel plans and stay safe.
- Call 911.
- Stay inside of the vehicle, if you take off walking (even if it is to find help), you can become lost, cold, and put your life in danger.
- Keep yourself warm, but don’t use the heater — if the exhaust pipe is blocked, toxic fumes can become trapped in your car and poison you. Instead, use blankets, extra clothes, your car mats, newspaper, and anything else you have in our car to keep you warm.
- Keep your blood circulating by changing positions, rubbing your arms, and rubbing your feet occasionally.
- Tie a bright cloth to your antenna to make your car more visible.
- Crack the windows. Even though this seems counter-intuitive, you need fresh air. The cool air will keep you awake while being too warm (or poisoned with carbon monoxide) can cause you to slip into unconsciousness
11 Dec, 2019
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