Drive Safely This Winter Weather Season

Drive Safely This Winter Weather Season

Driving safely in winter weather doesn’t have to be hard. The best way to begin this winter season is to be prepared and make a kit for your car and get regular scheduled maintenance done. Visit for more information on how to better prepare yourself and your car for winter driving. Some of the highlights:

Prepare your vehicle for winter

The best time to get ready for winter is before the first storm of the season.

  • Antifreeze and windshield wiper fluid levels
  • Battery strength
  • Tire pressure and tread life
  • Spare tire and jack

Follow winter driving recommendations

  • Never warm up your vehicle in a closed garage.
  • Keep your gas tank at least half full to prevent gas line freeze-up.
  • Don’t use cruise control on icy roads.
  • Allow more time for braking when visibility is poor.

Carry emergency supplies

  • Small folding shovel
  • Jumper cables
  • Tire changing tools
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Tow rope
  • Basic tool kit
  • Bag of road salt or cat litter to help with traction
  • Windshield wiper fluid
  • Antifreeze

Pack a survival kit

  • Ice scraper and brush
  • Wooden matches
  • High-energy, non-perishable food
  • Drinking water
  • Cell phone charger
  • Blankets and warm clothing

Stay calm if stranded

  • Pull off the highway, if possible, turn on your hazard lights, and hang a distress flag from an antenna or window.
  • Call 911 if you have a phone and describe your location as precisely as possible.
  • Remain in your vehicle so help can find you.
  • Run your vehicle’s engine and heater about 10 minutes each hour to keep warm. Open a downwind window slightly for ventilation and clear snow from the exhaust pipe to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Exercise a little to maintain body heat, but avoid overexertion and sweating.
  • Drink fluids to avoid dehydration.
  • Conserve your vehicle’s battery. Use lights, heat, and radio sparingly.
  • At night, turn on an inside light when you run the engine so help can see you.


Included is a video on some winter weather driving tips.