Winter weather can be difficult and hazardous to drive in. Snow, slush or icy roads are involved in nearly one in four weather-related vehicle crashes. These conditions can make it harder for drivers to see, slow down and stop. If you travel during winter weather, preparing your car in advance, knowing the forecast and driving based on road conditions are three key ways to help you drive more safely. Make it a priority to keep your gas tank at least half full so you can run your engine and stay warm if you get stuck or stranded. Keep your windshield wipers in good condition and your windshield fluid reservoir filled so you can clear snow and ice from your windshield.
If you plan on driving when the weather is less than ideal, make sure to check the weather conditions before you leave. This should also include the road conditions so you know what your speed should be when you drive. Do not check your phone while driving, and avoid all unnecessary distractions when you are behind the wheel.
Before you leave the driveway or parking lot, take time to clear snow and ice off your car, including your windows, mirrors, lights, reflectors, hood, roof and trunk. Drive with your headlights on, and be sure to keep them clean to improve visibility. Use caution when snow banks limit your view of oncoming traffic. This can also help others to see where you are at. The headlights being cleared means a safe drive for you and those around you. If you notice a light out on your vehicle, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you. It is also important to be aware of any issues or problems you notice with your vehicle. By bringing the vehicle in at the first sign, you can help prevent further issues from forming in the long run.