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.
- 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.