Prepare for Safe Winter Driving by following Road Safety Tips

safe winter driving tips - www.legaldayton.comWith winter approaching, it’s time to prepare for safe winter driving and review road safety tips to aid in preventing car accidents and saving lives. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), human error plays a role 95 percent of all traffic accidents. By reviewing these tips we can all help reduce highway accidents

While winter gives us thoughts of snow days, sleigh rides and hot chocolate, driving in hazardous weather is usually not a concern until you are a participant. This is why everyone needs to review safe winter driving tips to reduce car-auto accidents. We are all careful during bad driving conditions, but accidents can still happen, and being prepared for them can help save lives.

While on days of heavy snowfall drivers are more cautious, it’s after the first day or two when drivers regain a sense of security that a spike in car accidents occurs. (http://www.forbes.com/2009/01/21/car-accident-times-forbeslife-cx_he_0121driving.html). This is when it is most important that people follow safe winter driving tips.

In an effort to reduce winter car accidents, the NHTSA urges drivers to adhere to the following safe winter driving tips;

  • Check your tires – This involves checking tire pressure, making sure each tire is filled to the manufacturer’s specifications (check the owner’s manual) and making sure tires have sufficient tread (at least 1/16 of an inch).
  • Familiarize yourself with your car – Know how your car handles, how sensitive your breaks are and whether your car has anti-lock breaks. Also, practice driving in cold or snowy conditions so you understand how your car handles differently in them.
  • Plan your route – While this involves knowing exactly how you are going to get to your destination, it also includes leaving early, informing others of your route and making sure your car has plenty of gas.
  • Make sure your vehicle is stocked – Keep your vehicle stocked with various safety supplies so you are prepared in the event of any emergency. Key supplies to keep in your vehicle include: a snow shovel and ice scrapper; sand or some other abrasive substance in case your car gets stuck in the snow; jumper cables, flares and a flashlight; and a cell phone, water, food and medicine for long distance driving or in less populated settings.
  • Know what to do in an emergency – If you are stopped in your car for any reason during the winter, make sure you stay in your car, put bright warning signs on your windows and keep your interior lights on. Also, be sure to only run your car periodically (just long enough to stay warm) and to clear the exhaust from snow in order to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

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