Safe Winter Driving Tips
by DC Gabe Balsamo in General
Below is an article from our latest company newsletter “Winter, Christmas, and Safety Volume 1 Issue 2”
Winter can be one of the most beautiful times of the year. Unfortunately, it can also be one of the most dangerous. Snow, ice, and wind can impact driving, vehicle performance, and visibility making it difficult for even the most skilled drivers to remain safe while on the road. Because most of us must operate a vehicle even in inclement weather, it is helpful to consider some basic tips to ensure safety. Safe winter driving can be accomplished through the three P’s: Preparation, Protection, and Prevention. Below are some actions that you can take to safely navigate during wintry conditions.
Preparation: Prepare for winter driving by ensuring that your vehicle is capable of withstanding weather conditions
1. Check your battery, tire tread, and windshield wipers.
2. Check antifreeze levels and regularly refill the no-freeze fluid in the windshield washer reservoir.
3. Keep a flashlight, jumper cables, shovel, ice scraper, flares, and blankets in your care at all times.
4. Plan your route based on the weather conditions. Make sure others know your arrival time.
5. Practice winter driving in parking lots. Learn how to stop on ice and how to steer into a skid.
Protection: Once you are in the car, there are several steps that you can take to protect yourself and loved ones before your journey begins.
1. Use your safety belts and ensure that children are properly secured in car seats.
2. Ensure that children under the age of 12 ride in the back seat.
3. Never place a rear facing infant in front of an air bag.
Prevention: Prevention involves some basic precautions that you can take while on the road.
1. During inclement weather, slow down and increase your distance from the cars in front of you.
2. Remain alert; do not drive while fatigued.
3. Stop every three hours and, when possible, rotate drivers.
4. Do not drink and drive; if you plan to drink identify a designated driver.
Even though this time of year can be challenging on the roads the three P’s can help you arrive safe even in the most dangerous conditions.