• Bad Weather Driving Tips

    Be Prepared: 

    • Before traveling, check the forecast and let someone know your travel route.
    • Keep your gas tank at least half –full.
    • Carry a weather driving kit that should include blankets, first aid kit, flashlight, extra batteries, shovel, candle, lighter, jumper cables, bright cloth, non-perishable foods, and water.
    • Have a cell phone and charger cord available
    • Clear all vehicle windows of snow and ice.  Remove snow from hood, roof, and lights.



    • If the weather conditions are bad, stay off the roads.
    • Allow extra time to arrive at your destination.
    • Accelerate gradually on ice or snow to avoid slipping and sliding.
    • Slow down on snow and ice covered roads.
    • Use extra caution when driving across bridges, underpasses, and intersections when snow and ice is slow to melt.
    • Allow greater distance behind the vehicle ahead because it takes more time to stop on snow and ice.
    • Brake early, break slowly, never slam on the brakes.  If a vehicle has anti-brakes, press the pedal down firmly and hold it and if not gently pump the pedal.
    • Don’t use cruise control and avoid abrupt steering maneuvers.
    • Maintain good visibility, stay alert and use your headlights so others can see you.
    • Give emergency vehicles and snowplows room to operate and don’t tailgate or try to pass them.


    Become Stranded: 

    • Don’t leave your vehicle, it’s the best protection.
    • Activate your vehicles hazard lights.
    • Roll down your window a small amount to allow fresh air inside your vehicle.
    • Keep the exhaust pipe free from blockage to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
    • Don’t panic.  An idling vehicle can use up too one gallon of gas an hour.
    • Keep warm and safe by having layering of clothing available for use.
    • Call 9-1-1 for emergency assistance and identify your vehicle with a bright colored cloth so emergency help can locate you quickly.



Last Modified on March 22, 2021