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Winter Driving Tips

Winter driving can be very dangerous at times due to poor road conditions and reduced visibility caused by heavy and blowing snow. Many winter deaths and injuries happen because people become stranded and move away from their car or truck. If you become stranded, you should stay inside your vehicle and wait for help.

Before You Leave the House

  • Listen to the weather forecast before you begin to travel and postpone your trip if bad weather is occurring or expected.
  • Try not to travel alone.
  • Inform others of your schedule and planned routes.
  • Keep your gas tank near full.
  • Slow down and allow more space between your car and those around you and in front of you.
  • Keep a Winter Survival Kit in your vehicle at all times.

Items that should be in your Survival Kit:

  • Shovel and flashlight with extra batteries
  • First aid kit and medications
  • Food that will not spoil such as granola bars and peanuts
  • Candles and matches
  • Extra clothing, sleeping bags, or blankets
  • Jumper cables and tire chains
  • Battery-operated radio
  • Cell phone with fully charged batteries
  • Windshield scraper and brush
  • Brightly colored cloth to tie on the antenna so the vehicle can be easily located