Winter Driving Tips - Part 1

Severe Weather Terms

Adverse weather puts lives in danger. Meteorologists issue watches, advisories and warnings to alert residents when winter weather is nearby. Be familiar with these terms and take appropriate action.

  • Winter Storm Watch - Bad weather is possible. Stay tuned for developing information.
  • Winter Storm Advisory - Bad weather is expected. Be cautious and prepare for deteriorating conditions.
  • Winter Storm Warning - Bad weather is occurring or will be very soon. Expect slick, treacherous roadways. Avoid travel if possible.

Winter Driving Tips

Winter weather tests driving skills. Be prepared to make behind-the-wheel adjustments for deteriorating roadways. Consider the following common-sense tips.

  • Check weather conditions before heading out. Fill the gas tank; allow extra travel time; share route details with a friend.
  • Remove ice and snow from the windshield, headlights and taillights before driving off.
  • Always wear a seat belt.
  • Be familiar with operating features (front wheel drive, anti-lock brakes, steering, etc.) that affect how your car handles slick road conditions.
  • Slow down. Leave plenty of space between you and the car ahead. Allow extra time for stopping and turning. Bridges and overpasses get slick before roadways. Be cautious.
  • Drive defensively. Use turn signals; obey traffic laws; anticipate the other driver's actions.
  • Avoid distractions and fully focus on the roadway.