As cold weather quickly approaches, it may be beneficial to keep a few
winter driving safety tips in mind. The National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration recently compiled this list of winter driving tips:
Before You Go
Get Your Vehicle Serviced
- It can be frustrating for a vehicle to break down or not cooperate at any
time during the year, but it can be especially exasperating when it happens
in cold, snowy, or icy weather. It is always important to get your vehicle
checked, and that is especially true heading into the winter months. Allow
a mechanic to give your car a tune-up, check for leaks, needed parts,
and any other necessary repairs.
Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones
- As always, be sure to wear a seat belt. Not matter the distance of travel
or other circumstances, seatbelts should be worn at all times.
Protect Your Children
- Any child under the age of 13 should be properly buckled in the back seat.
- When dealing with children, it is important to make sure that their appropriate
seat is securely fastened in the vehicle, and that it is appropriate with
their age and size.
- When riding in the vehicle, consider taking some of the child’s outer
layer of clothing off and replacing it with blankets. The thickness of
clothing can restrict the safety of harnesses.
- In no circumstances should a child ever be left unattended in or around
- To prevent children from playing or getting confined inside of a vehicle,
always lock it upon exiting.
www.safercar.gov for more information on child passenger safety and selecting the right
seat for your child’s size and age. You can also use the
Child Car Seat Inspection Station Locator to find the nearest station to you.
On The Road
- Even if you don’t usually maintain a full tank of gas, you should
during winter months. As we experienced just a couple of years ago in
metro-Atlanta, being stuck in your car is a very real possibility during
a traffic jam caused by snow or ice. Having the necessary amount of fuel
could be the difference to keep warm and arrive home safely.
- Be smart in knowing when to drive. If the roads are hazardous, avoid driving
until they are safer for travel.
- When taking longer trips, plan enough time for rest, time to eat, returning
calls, and taking driving shifts. It is important to be as alert and well
rested as possible when operating a vehicle.
What To Do in a Winter Emergency
If you find yourself trapped in bad weather, follow these safety rules:
- Don’t abandon your vehicle.
- Position bright markers on the windows or antenna of your vehicle for better
visibility. Also keep the interior dome light on.
- If you run your vehicle, remove snow away from the exhaust pipe and run
the vehicle just long enough to stay warm. Do not run your vehicle for
a long time in an enclosed area or with the windows up, as this will increase
the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
We hope that these winter travel safety tips will save readers from unnecessary
headache this holiday season. For more vehicle safety information, visit