Bad Weather Driving Tips
- 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.
- 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