Seventeen percent of all vehicle crashes occur during winter conditions.
It’s easy to forget after months of mild conditions that snow and ice demand careful driving and special preparation for your vehicle. Even the most experienced drivers can be challenged when it comes to driving safely in winter weather. We all can use a refresher when it comes to making our way through a winter wonderland.
Safe driving starts before you start your trip. Regular tune-ups and maintenance of your vehicle are the starting point for safe driving year-round. In winter, pay special attention to your vehicle’s battery, wipers, coolant, tires and other systems that can take a beating when the temperature drops. If you’re using snow tires, have them installed before the snow begins to fall. When you know your vehicle is ready for the road, clear your car of snow, ice or dirt from the windows, forward sensors, headlights, tail lights and backup camera.
To help you prepare for driving in all conditions, we’ve created the free resource, Fewer Cars, Deadlier Roads: A Checklist for Safe Driving.