It’s always wise this time of year to dust off our winter driving skills, because we never know when Mother Nature will send nasty weather our way. Get through the holidays and on to spring safely with these winter driving tips.
Ahead of time:
- Practice handling your vehicle on ice and snow in an empty parking lot.
- Make sure brakes, wipers, defroster, heater and exhaust system are in top condition.
- Check that antifreeze and windshield washer fluid are ready for colder temperatures.
- Put good snow tires (the same type) on all four wheels, and be sure they are properly inflated.
- Add winter items to your emergency kit: ice scraper/snow brush, shovel, non-clumping kitty litter or sand, warm clothing and boots, food and water, windshield washer fluid, candle and matches, blanket, non-freeze cleaner and paper towels to clean windshield and lights, and fresh batteries in the flashlight,
- Keep the gas tank at least half full.
- For the latest information on road conditions check newengland511.org.
- Remember your cell phone, but be aware that you can’t always depend on it.
- Clear all snow and ice from windows, mirrors, lights, wipers, hood, trunk and roof.
- Plan for extra time to prevent frustration when your trip takes longer due to slower speeds on slippery roads.