Safety Tips for Winter Weather DrivingKeep these winter weather driving safety tips in mind as we head into the wintry season of snow, ice and sleet in Connecticut  

It’s not uncommon to find that there are many people are not prepared for driving in winter weather until a storm actually hits.

The weather forecasts can be so unpredictable it’s sometimes hard to foresee whether we’ll have a slight dusting or a significant amount of snow.

So make sure you and your family are prepared and ready for whatever Mother Nature has in store. Driving in snow and ice can be extremely dangerous so here are some winter weather driving safety tips to help keep you and your car travels safer.

👨‍🔧 Car Maintenance

If you haven’t done this already,  make sure your car has been tuned up and you have a mechanic check the following items: 

Heater/Thermostat
Brakes
Defroster
Windshield wipers and windshield washer fluid
Antifreeze
Oil level
Headlights
Flashing hazard lights
Battery
Ignition system
Exhaust system

⛓️ Tires

It is vitally important to have good winter tires.  For most winter conditions all-weather radials are usually sufficient.  Check to make sure they had adequate tread and are properly inflated. Consider carrying a set of tire chains for possible heavy snow conditions.

📹 Winter Weather Driving Safety Tips

When my boys were in elementary school I had to drive them to school each day.  I considered myself a safe driver and yet on one very snowy and icy day I lost control of my car and veered into a telephone pole.  Luckily no one was hurt but it showed how even the best of drivers have to be so extremely cautious during the winter season.

⛽ Fill ‘er Up

Prevent gasoline freeze up by keeping your gas tank full.and maintaining at a minimum a half tank of gas during the winter season.  

🌡️ Check the Weather

Before going out on the road check local radio or TV reports for the latest in weather and road conditions. If you’re out on the road make sure you have a weather app on your cell phone to keep you up to date on the weather conditions. 

🚗 Emergency Kit

Keep the following gear in your care for emergencies and everyday trips:

 

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Jumper Cables
Gloves
Hand Warmers
Blankets
Snow brush, ice scraper and small shovel
First Aid Kit (include extra medications)
Water bottles
Granola Bars
Hand Sanitizer
Cell phone
Sand or kitty litter
Flares, reflectors or brightly colored cloth (to be used as a distress flag)

🔆 Extra Tips

If you’re traveling long distances plan for making stops along the way.  Pack extra blankets, warm clothing, bottled water, quick energy snacks or food and any required medications with you. 

Buckle up those seat belts!  If you must drive during a snow or ice storm, take your time, drive slowly, monitor your speed with changing road and weather conditions.  

Let someone know your travel route and when you plan to arrive so the proper authorities can be notified if you don’t reach your intended destination.

Following some simple winter weather driving safety tips will prevent your car from getting stuck in the snow and ice.

Make sure to keep the battery charged on your cell phone in the event you become stranded and need to call for help.

If weather conditions prevent you from driving or if your car gets stuck in the snow or stalls, place flares or reflective lighting at a safe distance from either end of the car.

Check the exhaust pipe and make sure to clear any snow around it. Wrap yourself in warm clothing or blankets, stay in your car with the windows open slightly to let in some fresh air and run the heater for a few minutes each hour to stay warm.

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