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:
- Wipers and windshield washer fluid
- Ignition system
- Flashing hazard lights
- Exhaust system
- 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
- 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.