Winter road conditions present unique challenges to driver capabilities and vehicle performance. according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 15% of weather-related crashes occur in snow or sleet, and another 13% on icy pavement.
A few safety and preparation tips for winter
- Inspect brakes and tires.
- Inspect battery.
- Add lubricant to door locks to prevent freezing.
- Replace windshield wipers and de0icing fluid as necessary.
- Add antifreeze.
- Ice forms first on bridges, overpasses and shaded areas. Do not slam on the brakes when driving over ice. Decelerate slowly, holding the car steady.
- Adjust the speed to fit the weather conditions and remain a safe distance behind other cars.
- If the care begins to skid, remove your foot from the gas pedal but do not hit the brakes. Steer gently in the direction the front of the car should go. As the car straightens out, traction and control will return.
- Keep blanket, a first-aid kit, flares, jumper cables, tire chains, a flashlight, ice scraper and gloves in the car.
- Keep the gasoline level as high as possible to prevent water condensation in the tank.
Most importantly, during any season wear a seat belt and make sure all your passengers have their seat belts fastened, too.
You can find more tips and information at the NHTSA website.