Five Tips for Safe Winter Driving
by Kerry Hongisto

Five Tips for Safe Winter Driving

Winter is upon us. Well, maybe not officially, but we do have snow on the ground!  I enjoy the snow and outdoor activities, and often need to drive to get to them. Here are some tips for safe winter driving:

  1. Clean the snow and ice off of your windows, lights, and mirrors before you start driving. You need to see and be seen by others!
  2. When stopping, slow down sooner. It takes longer to stop on snow or ice.
  3. Bridges and ramps can get icy before the roads do, so take extra caution on them.
  4. Allow plenty of space between you and the car in front of you; especially snowplows!
  5. Do not use cruise control.

It’s also a good idea to carry a cell phone, shovel, blanket, flashlight, water, snacks, and jumper cables with you in the event that you do get stuck or your car won’t start.  Always be sure to wait in your car for help to arrive. Walking on the side of a road in a snow storm isn’t safe because other motorists may not be able to see you.

Now get out there and enjoy the snow!

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