Be Safe on Winter Roadways - Part 1

Ready your vehicle:

A well-maintained vehicle is better equipped to get you to the destination safely. Have your car serviced and tuned-up before winter weather arrives. Be sure battery, belts, hoses, windshield wipers, brakes and lights work correctly. Inspect tires for proper inflation and wear. Replace worn tires. Place an ice scraper, snow brush, snow shovel, flashlight, blanket and other winter gear in the vehicle. Keep the gas tank half full. Periodically top off the windshield wiper fluid tank. Clear ice and snow from front and back windshields, head and taillights, side mirrors and exterior vehicle sensors before driving off. Be sure each of your vehicles has a current insurance identification car in the glove box.

Adjust driving habits:

Driving conditions can deteriorate quickly when ice and snow blanket the roadway. Visibility may be reduced due to blowing snow, fog or rain. Avoid driving distractions and stay focused. Reduce speed. Do not engage cruise control. Put more distance between your vehicle and those around you. Brake cautiously. Approach bridges and overpasses with care as these road surfaces freeze quicker. Steer in the direction of a skid if the vehicle starts sliding. Delay or avoid travel when severe weather is in the area. Allow extra travel time if you must be on the road. In addition, plan your route, verify conditions along the way and advise a friend or loved one of your itinerary.