Provider Resources & Tips: Safe Winter Driving

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.

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