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Tips For Safe Winter Driving

19 Jan 2015 | Under Uncategorized | Posted by | 0 Comments

Everyone dreads driving in snowy weather. Add that fear to the people that don’t adjust their driving habits to the road conditions and you have a recipe for disaster!!. A University of Iowa study found that crash rates can increase up to 84% in winter weather conditions, now if that isn’t enough to keep you on the couch with your family and a blanket I don’t know what will!! Being prepared for the worst case scenario is the first of many challenges navigating snowy winter roads. Here are some simple things you can do to stay safe this winter, if we get any snow that is!!

Maintain your vehicle

While you always want to make sure your car is properly maintained, it’s extremely important to make sure you check some of your car’s components before winter. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends that you check the following areas on your vehicle:

• Battery
• Tire tread
• Windshield wipers
• Anti-freeze
• No-freeze fluid for the washer reservoir

Plan for your route and possible route alternatives

Knowing your route in advance will obviously help you get to your intended destination, but in snowy conditions, some roads may be closed or blocked. Researching alternative routes will allow you to have a backup plan in case you can’t use your initial route.
Be prepared to slow down and increase following and stopping distance
It’s difficult to control and stop a vehicle on slick roadways. By slowing down and increasing your following and stopping distances, you can help to avoid collisions by giving yourself time to stop for the cars and trucks ahead of you.

Have supplies to help you in case you get stuck

You should stock your vehicle with a variety of supplies to help you in the event you get stuck or stalled during hazardous conditions. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends that you keep the following items in your vehicle:

• Snow shovel, broom and ice scraper
• Sand, kitty litter or another abrasive material just in case your vehicle gets stuck in the snow
• Jumper cables, flashlight and warning devices such as flares and markers
• Blankets to keep warm
• A cell phone with charger
• Water, food and any necessary medicine
Taking these steps can help reduce your risk of getting into an accident or stranded on the road. Share these tips with your friends, family, customers and colleagues to help them stay safe this winter.