Winter Driving Safety Tips

Nothing can bring drivers to a halt quicker than a sudden winter storm. Use these winter driving tips to make sure that you are prepared for whatever winter brings.

Maintain your vehicle.

Check the basic maintenance of your car, including your battery, anti-freeze levels, and windshield wipers. You should also check your tires, making sure that they are properly inflated and that tread depth is adequate .

Check the Forecast

Before you leave your home, check the forecast for the next few hours. Allow plenty of time for your trip and plan for extra time in case you get caught someplace. If you’re planning a longer trip, check the weather for your home and destination. Also, if you have to drive through the mountains, make sure that no precipitation is in the forecast.

Things to Pack in the Car

Before you go, you probably want to pack the following items in your vehicle.

  • Flashlights with extra batteries
  • Jumper cables
  • Ice scraper
  • Snow brush
  • Shovel
  • Roadside flare
  • Blankets
  • Cell phone and charger
  • For longer trips in hazardous conditions, pack extra food and water.

Communicate

Make sure that others know of your plans. Let them know your departure and projected arrival times. If things change, let people know. Also, leave a copy of your route with someone, so that people know where to start looking if you don’t show up.

Practice Driving in Hazardous Conditions

There’s a learning curve to knowing how to drive on ice and snow. Practice driving in a parking lot in the vehicle that you will be using because each vehicle handles slightly differently. Slow down when driving on slick roads. Four wheel drive vehicles don’t stop and faster on a slippery road than other vehicles.

Don’t get caught unprepared this winter. Not knowing how to handle winter driving can mean the difference between being stranded somewhere and being able to proceed as normal. For information about car insurance, contact 1st American Insurance Agency, serving Lafayette, CO and the surrounding area.