Prepare, protect, prevent
Winter driving can be hazardous, especially in areas that get a lot of snow and ice. Before driving, use the three P’s for safe winter driving.
Prepare for the trip
- Maintain your car by checking battery, tire tread and windshield wipers. Keep your windows clear, put no-freeze fluid in the washer reservoir and check your antifreeze.
- Have an emergency kit on hand including a flashlight, jumper cables, shovel, ice scraper and blankets. For long trips, add food, water, medication and cell phone.
- Stopped or stalled? Stay in your car, don’t overexert, put bright markers on antenna or windows. If you must run your car, be sure exhaust pipe is clear and run it just enough to stay warm.
- Allow plenty of time to get to your destination and let others know your route and expected arrival time.
- Practice cold weather driving.
- Buckle up and use child safety seats properly.
- Never place a rear-facing infant seat in front of an air bag.
- Children 12 and under are much safer in the back seat.
- Drugs and alcohol never mix with driving.
- Slow down and increase distance between cars.
- Keep your eyes open for pedestrians walking in the road.
- Avoid fatigue – get plenty of rest before the trip, take a break every three hours and rotate drivers, if possible.
- If you are planning to drink, designate a sober driver.
Source: nhtsa.gov and osha.gov