Be a Winter Wise Driver
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transportation is especially important in the
winter. If you have a car, make sure it is ready
for whatever winter may bring. The following
precautions may help you avoid an unpleasant or
dangerous situation while traveling.
You should keep
your car in top operating condition all year
round. It is especially important to winterize
you car by checking the following:
system, fuel system, brakes, battery,
exhaust system, wiper blades, lights,
antifreeze, defroster, tire tread, proper
grade oil, snow tires, cooling system,
heater, and chains.
- Keep the
gasoline tank full, if possible.
- Carry a winter
storm car kit, especially if traveling long
distances. Among other things, a winter
storm kit should include:
and candles , first-aid kit, flashlight,
shovel, tire chains, food supply,
transistor radio, jumper cables, and
If you must use
your car during a winter storm:
- Plan your
- Check the
latest weather information on your NOAA
- Slow down and
increase your following distance. The
braking distance for road surfaces with
rain, snow, and ice can be from three to
nine times greater than stopping distances
on dry, clear roads. Icy conditions may also
obscure lane marking and traffic signs.
- Remember a
bridge or overpass gets slick and icy before
the roads do since bridge temperatures are
five to six degrees colder than the roadway.
gradually. Do not make any sudden moves with
the steering wheel, brakes or accelerator.
If at all
possible, stay off the roads when winter weather
warnings or advisories are issued.