10 Tips for Safe Driving in Winter Weather
Follow these 10 tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for safe driving in winter weather:
- Be sure to fill your windshield wiper fluid reservoir and keep an extra supply in the car.
- Be sure electric vehicle batteries are fully charged; they lose power more quickly in the cold.
- Keep extra distance between yourself and other cars. For antilock brakes, apply steady pressure; for non-antilock brakes, gently pump the brakes.
- In the event of a skid, ease off the gas but DO NOT BRAKE until the car is under control. Carefully steer in the direction you want the front of the car to go.
- Keep abrasive material (like sand) in the car to use for extra traction if the car gets stuck.
- Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze up.
- Properly inflate your tires.
- If stranded, tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna or put it in the window to alert rescuers. In the dark, keep the dome light on, if possible.
- Accelerate slowly to improve traction.
- Try to avoid stopping fully in icy conditions and do not stop when driving up hill.