Tips For Driving In Winter Weather

  • Slow down and drive to the weather and road conditions
  • Leave more space between vehicles.
    Stopping distances are at least double on snowy roads, and even longer in icy conditions.
  • Be ready for rapidly changing conditions.
    Blowing snow may suddenly reduce visibility, and gusting winds can cause ice to form quickly.
  • Know where you are.
    Keep track of intersections as you pass them in case you need to call for help in an emergency
  • Check your headlights to make sure they are working
  • Clean your windshield (inside and out)
  • Fill your windshield washer fluid reservoir
  • Always keep your gas tank at least half full at this time of year
  • Dress for winter
  • Keep a winter survival kit in your vehicle (blanket, flashlight, candle, cell phone and some food or drinks
  • Monitor road and weather conditions.
    Check local media and road authority websites for conditions and closures before you leave home or work and listen to local radio during your journey.

On/off ramps and overpasses tend to ice up in this type of weather and snow builds up where plows have cleared the highways. Motorists should pick one lane and stay in it unless they are exiting the highway.