05B4 Winter Driving Safety

Winter Weather

Winter driving can be challenging, especially if you’re new to it. Whether you live in a winter wonderland or an area that rarely sees snow, here are some tips to stay safe when driving.

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  • Check the weather forecast.
  • Test your car’s heater, defroster and brakes.
  • Check and fill windshield wiper fluid and antifreeze.
  • Inspect windshield wiper blades and replace them if necessary.
  • Inspect tires for issues with air pressure and treads, and replace them if they’re worn.
  • Keep your cellphone fully charged and bring it with you, in case of an emergency.
  • Carry a roadside emergency kit with jumper cables, warning flares or markers and a small shovel.
  • Notify family or friends of your travel plans and the route you plan to take.
  • Keep at least a half-tank of gas in your car at all times.
  • Allow extra time to get to your destination.
  • Keep your headlights on if it’s difficult to see.
  • Use extra caution on bridges and overpasses.
  • Leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle in front of you.
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