Provider Resources & Tips:
Safe Winter Driving
Winter driving can be a challenge, but a properly prepared vehicle can reduce concerns and ensure safe travel. Remember to inspect all vehicles for winter-readiness and optimum handling in snow and icy situations. Your winter-readiness inspection should include at a minimum:
- Check oil, gas, and other fluid levels.
- Check wipers and replace them if they show signs of damage.
- Ensure windshield washer fluid contains antifreeze.
- Check tires for wear; if a tire’s tread is less than 1.6 mm, the tire needs to be replaced.
- Have necessary equipment and supplies, including:
- Spare tire
- Jumper cables
- Tow and tire chains
- Tool kit
- Working flashlight with batteries
- Reflective triangles
- First aid kit
- Ice scrapper/snow brush)
Make sure your drivers know how to safely drive on snowy and icy roads. Review this list of driving tip with your drivers for safer winter driving:
- Drive slowly and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. You should allow at least three times the usual space between you and the car in front of you.
- Keep your windshield and all other windows clear of any snow or ice.
- Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake.
- Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses, and infrequently traveled roads.
- Clean snow from the tops of vehicles to prevent it falling off onto following cars.