Driving in severe winter weather conditions can be frightening, to say the least. You never know when you will come up to ice, heavy snowfall or blinding blizzards. Even other vehicles can cause scary driving conditions.
According to the CDC, Every day, almost 3,700 people are killed globally in crashes involving cars, buses, motorcycles, bicycles, trucks, or pedestrians. Every year, 1.35 Million people are killed worldwide on roadways.
Drive Safe Speeds in Winter Weather
Drivers should always pay attention to their speed and follow the limit in all weather conditions.
Speeding is always considered dangerous, but when the weather conditions create hazards it becomes especially dangerous.
The NWHA recommend slowing from your normal speed, to at least 30%-40% slower when road conditions are unpredictable.
Essentials While Driving In Winter Months
You never know what can happen in the winter months. Here are some tips recommended by AAA.
– Always keep at least a half a tank of fuel in your car. This is recommended in case you become stuck or standed, you can stay warm in your running car.
– Avoid using cruise control. Using cruise control in snow and icy conditions can cause your car to lose traction.
– Check the tread on your tires regularly. Having good tread on your tires helps your traction.
-Keep an emergency supply of cold weather gear in your car. These items should include blankets, extra clothes, food, medications, water, a flashlight, ice scrapers and tire chains.
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More than half of those killed are pedestrians, motorcyclists, or cyclists.
Here, we will go over tips for driving in the winter months and how to keep your family safe.
When driving in winter weather, or traveling through it, there are a few things you can do to prepare for your trip to make sure you are well equipped to deal with any situation you might encounter.
Service your vehicle
Servicing your car will extend your engine life, reduce fuel consumption, increase the safety of your vehicle, prevent wearing of moving parts, maintains road worthiness and improves resale value.
Check for recalls
NHTSA’s Recalls Look-up Tool lets you enter a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to quickly learn if your vehicle has a critical safety issue that has not been repaired, and how to get that repair done for FREE. Check www.nhtsa.gov/recalls.
Know your car
Read your vehicle’s manual to familiarize yourself with the safety features on your vehicle—such as antilock brakes and electronic stability control—and how the features perform in wintry conditions. When renting a car, become familiar with the vehicle before driving it off the lot.
Plug it in
For electric and hybrid-electric vehicles, minimize the drain on the battery. If the vehicle has a thermal heating pack for the battery, plug your vehicle in whenever it’s not in use. Start your vehicle and preheat the interior before you unplug your vehicle in the morning
Stock your vehicle
Carry items in your vehicle to handle common winter driving-related tasks, and supplies you might need in an emergency, including:
- Snow shovel, broom, and ice scraper
- Abrasive material, such as sand or cat litter, in case your vehicle gets stuck in the snow.
- Jumper cables, flashlights, and warning devices such as flares or emergency markers.
- Blankets for protection from the cold.
- Cellphone, charger, food, and any medications necessary.
Plan your travel and route
Before heading out, make sure to check the weather, road conditions, and traffic. Don’t rush through your trip, and allow plenty of time to get to your destination safely. And always familiarize yourself with directions and maps before you go, even if you use a GPS system, and let others know your route and anticipated arrival time.
Before embarking on your journey, make sure you check all of these items on your vehicle, and make sure they are all in optimal condition.
When the temperature drops, so does battery power. For gasoline and diesel engines, it takes more battery power to start your vehicle in cold weather. For electric and hybrid-electric vehicles, the driving range is reduced when the battery is cold. Have your mechanic check your battery, charging system, and belts, and have them make any necessary repairs or replacements. For hybrid-electric vehicles, keep gasoline in the tank to support the gasoline engine.
Check your headlights, brake lights, turn signals, emergency flashers, and interior lights. Be sure to also check your trailer brake lights and turn signals, if necessary.
Make sure you have enough coolant in your vehicle, and that the coolant meets the manufacturer’s specifications. See your vehicle owner’s manual for specific recommendations on coolant. You or a mechanic should check the cooling system for leaks, test the coolant, and drain or replace old coolant as needed.
You can go through a lot of windshield wiper fluid fairly quickly in a single snowstorm, so be prepared for whatever might come your way by ensuring your vehicle’s reservoir is full of high-quality “winter” fluid with de-icer before winter weather hits.
Wipers and Defrosters
Make sure defrosters and windshield wipers – both front and rear – work, and replace any worn blades. You may also want to consider installing heavy-duty winter wipers if you live in an area that gets a lot of snow and ice.
Improperly installed floor mats in your vehicle may interfere with the operation of the accelerator or brake pedal, increasing the risk of a crash. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for mat installation, use retention clips to secure the mat and prevent it from sliding forward, and always use mats that are the correct size and fit for your vehicle.
As the outside temperature drops, so does tire inflation pressure. Make sure each tire is filled to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended inflation pressure, which is listed in your owner’s manual and on a placard located on the driver’s side door frame. The correct pressure is NOT the number listed on the tire. Be sure to check the tires’ air pressure when they are cold, which means the car hasn’t been driven for at least three hours. Read through for safe tire tips:
Regardless of season, inspect your tires at least once a month and before long road trips. It only takes about five minutes. If you find yourself driving under less-than-optimal road conditions this winter, you’ll be glad you took the time. Don’t forget to check your spare tire.
You should inspect your tires for any damage or conditions that may require their replacement. Check the tread and sidewalls for any cuts, punctures, bulges, scrapes, cracks or bumps. In case you see any damage, take your vehicle to a tire service professional for further inspection.
If you plan to use snow tires, have them installed in the fall so you are prepared before it snows. Check out www.nhtsa.gov/tires for tire ratings before buying new ones, and look for winter tires with the snowflake symbol.
Look closely at your tread and replace tires that have uneven wear or insufficient tread. Tread should be at least 2/32 of an inch or greater on all tires.
Check the age of each tire. Some vehicle manufacturers recommend that tires be replaced every six years regardless of use, but check your owner’s manual to find out.
Tips for safe driving
Motor vehicle crashes are a public health concern both in the United States and abroad. These injuries and deaths are preventable. Whether you are a driver, passenger, cyclist, or pedestrian, take the following steps to stay safe on the road:
- Always use a seat belt on every trip, no matter how short. Be sure to buckle up whether you are in the front seat or the back seat of the vehicle.
- Make sure children are always properly buckled in a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt that is appropriate for their age, height, and weight, and ensure they are buckled in the back seat of the vehicle.
- Always wear a helmet when driving or riding on motorcycles, motorbikes, or bicycles.
- Do not drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs, and avoid riding with a driver who is impaired.
- Obey speed limits.
- Drive without distractions. For example, don’t use a phone to text, email, or access social media while driving.
- Be alert when crossing streets, especially in countries where motorists drive on the left side of the road.
- Ride only in marked taxis, and try to ride in taxis that have seat belts.
- Avoid riding in overcrowded, overweight, or top-heavy buses or minivans.
- Check the Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT) website for information about driving hazards and road safety risks by country.
- Visit the country information page on the U.S. Department of State website for more information about road safety, overall safety, and security in every country of the world.
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