Winter Travel Safety

Practice safe winter driving:

  • Avoid distractions. When driving, give your full attention to the road. 
  • Slow down. When weather conditions change, go as slow as you need to be safe and in control of your vehicle. 
  • Increase distance. Increasing the distance between cars will give you enough time to slow down if you lose control of the vehicle. 
  • Avoid cruise control. Always be in control when it comes to acceleration and deceleration in snowy conditions. 
  • Do not crowd the plow. Give the plows space to work. Plows cannot stop quickly or maneuver easily. 
  • Give yourself extra time to reach your destination safely. 
  • Split from the pack. Traffic often travels in "packs." Space yourself out from the larger clumps of vehicles to reduce the risk of accidents.
  • Clear snow and ice. Clear off all the snow and ice from the outside of your vehicle. Don't forget mirrors, windows, lights and both windshields. 
  • Watch the weather. Watch the weather reports so you know when difficult conditions are coming and can prepare.

Maintain a vehicle emergency kit with:

  • Jumper cables
  • Small shovel 
  • A flashlight and extra batteries
  • Flares or reflective triangles
  • Cell phone
  • Boots
  • Ice scraper and brush
  • Tools
  • First aid kit
  • Food and blanket
  • Tire chains (for use on secondary roads only)

Remember, if you are stranded because of winter weather, it is best to stay in your vehicle so you can be found.