When the cold weather hits, here's how to prepare
Did you know?
Slush, snow or ice was a factor in 10.8% of fatal collisions and 19.6% of injury collisions
Here's how to adjust your driving to winter weather.
Drive According to Conditions
Lower your speed depending on weather conditions and beware of black ice and snow white outs. Intersections can also become icy due to vehicle exhaust, engine heat, and cars spinning their wheels or skidding.
Pack an Emergency Kit
You hope this will never happen to you, but in the event of an accident or being stranded roadside, be prepared. Pack an emergency kit with essentials including a flashlight, emergency flares, a shovel, and a battery powered radio.
Fill Up Your Tank
Avoid fuel line freezing in your vehicle by always keeping your gas tank above half-full. In the event of an emergency, you don't want to be running on empty.
Share Your Plans
Before hitting the highway, let your friends and family know the details of your travel plans. That way, if anything changes due to weather or a collision, people are aware of your location and can try to help.
Winterize Your Vehicle
Prepare for winter by installing snow tires for better traction on winter roads. It's also a good idea to inspect your battery, anti-freeze, heater, defroster, and windshield wipers.
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