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Winter driving tips

Preparing your vehicle for winter and knowing how to react if stranded or lost on the road are the keys to safe winter driving.

Have a mechanic check the following items in your vehicle:

  • Battery
  • Antifreeze
  • Wipers and windshield washer fluid
  • Ignition system
  • Thermostat
  • Lights
  • Flashing hazard lights
  • Exhaust system
  • Heater
  • Brakes
  • Defroster
  • Oil level — if necessary, replace existing oil with winter grade oil or the SAE 10w/30 weight variety.

Keep these items in your car:

  • Rain gear and extra clothing
  • Flashlights with extra batteries
  • A small sack of sand (for traction)
  • First-aid kit with pocket knife
  • Booster cables
  • Necessary medication
  • Brightly colored cloth (to use as a flag)
  • Several blankets
  • Bottled water
  • Sleeping bags
  • High-energy snacks
  • Extra newspapers for insulation
  • Plastic bags (for sanitation)
  • Extra mittens, socks, a wool cap, and winter boots

Other tips:

  • Make certain the tires have adequate tread.
  • Keep a windshield scraper and small broom in the vehicle for ice and snow removal.
  • Maintain at least half a tank of gas during the winter season.
  • Plan long trips carefully. Listen to the radio or call the state highway patrol for the latest road conditions. Travel during daylight if possible.
  • Dress warmly. Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing.
  • Carry food and water. Store a supply of high-energy food and several bottles of water.

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