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Tips for Driving in Winter Conditions

Driving can be a risky task all on its own, but add winter weather to the mix and it becomes significantly more dangerous. Nova Medical Centers wants to remind drivers to be careful and cautious while driving in icy or snowy conditions and that it is always safest to stay off the roads in such conditions.

In case that option isn’t available, keep these wintry weather driving tips in mind:

  • Never start up a vehicle in a closed in, unventilated area like a garage or while it is surrounded by tall snow to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning or even death. The warm interior isn’t worth dying for.
  • Tire inflation often drops in colder weather because the air molecules contract, be sure to maintain a proper tire pressure.
  • Do not mix radial tires with any other tire types.
  • Remember to always look and steer where you want to go!
  • Never use cruise control while driving on icy or snowy roads. Also avoid its use when driving on salted, slippery roads or sanded pavements.
  • To avoid gas lines freezing, keep the gas tank at least half full. This is also a good idea in case you become stranded.
  • It takes longer to slow down on roads with ice or snow, so drive slowly and be sure to brake sooner.
  • Keep water and non-perishable food in your vehicle (enough for three days of food/water per person), as well as blankets and a flashlight. See the American Red Cross’s Winter Storm Preparedness guide for more tips.
  • Of course, always wear a seatbelt and never drive while fatigued no matter the weather conditions.

For more information on driving in winter weather, check out AAA’s “How To Go on Ice and Snow” brochure.

In the end, if you do not have to go out onto the icy or snowy roads, don’t! Oftentimes, it is not worth the risk; stay indoors where it is safe and warm.

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