Driving in winter weather can be dangerous and terrifying, especially if you live somewhere that doesn’t experience snow and/or ice often. Before the winter weather hits, make sure you are prepared for every possibility.
Prepare Your Car for Winter
Before the first flake has even fallen, there are some ways you can prepare your car for winter.
- Keep cold weather gear in your car, such as food, water, warm clothing, a flashlight, ice scraper, blankets, medication, etc.
- Make sure your tires have enough tread and are properly inflated
- Keep at least half a tank of fuel in your car at all times- the fuller the better
Before You Leave
Make sure you are only leaving your house during inclement weather if it is absolutely necessary. However, if you do need to go somewhere, keep these things in mind:
- Never warm up your car in an enclosed area- this could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning
- Make sure all exterior cameras and mirrors are cleared of snow and ice
- Share your travel plans and route with someone before you leave
If you are not used to driving in inclement weather, make sure you are taking all possible safety precautions.
- Never use cruise control in slick conditions
- Accelerate and decelerate slowly
- Use your car’s 4WD or AWD if it has it
- Increase your following distance
- If you start to skid, steer in the direction of the skid so you don’t have to overcorrect when you regain traction