Winter Driving Safety
You can decrease your chances of being involved in a traffic accident or receiving a fine during the winter months by strictly following these simple guidelines for your safety....
Prepare Your Vehicle
Be sure to scrape or melt any FROST from all of your windows to increase visibility before driving.
Make sure you remove all SNOW that may be covering any windows, headlights, tail lights, mirrors or any auxilliary lights. Large amounts of snow left on the roof of your car can also be a hazard concern because the snow blowing from the roof of your car while in traffic can cause white-out conditions for any car around you and may cause an accident.
Remove any DIRT or ROAD GRIME that maybe covering the lenses of your headlights or tail lights. This will help the brightness of your lights and help reduce your risk of being involved in an accident.
All Season or Snow TIRES should be used during the winter season and checked regularly for any wear or damage.
Prepare For Your Travel
LEAVE EARLY to give yourself extra time to clear your vehicle and for a safe drive to your destination. Your drive will be much less stressful thus reducing the risk of being involved in an accident.
TURN ON HEADLIGHTS during the day to significantly increase your visiblity to other motorists and pedestrians.
BRAKING EARLY will give you time to slow down sooner on snow covered roads. Make sure to leave extra space between your vehicle and any vehicles traveling ahead of you. This will increase your reaction time for you to slow down or stop your vehicle.
DECREASE SPEED of your vehicle to a safe traveling speed in unfavorable conditions. This ensures your safety and others on the road during your travels.
BE ALERT for any sudden changes in road conditions. Do not distract yourself with radios, cell phones, books, papers or anything that could take your eyes off the road at any given second.
BUCKLE UP! Using your seatbelt will help reduce the risk of injury in the event of an accident. And it's the law!