Safe driving during harsh winter conditions is a necessity for New Englanders.
Even though you may be an experienced driver, it is still important to take precautions. And remember, it is not always YOU that can cause an accident, there are so many other people driving that you know nothing about!
Everyone should have a winter emergency vehicle kit in each of their vehicles. Things to include: jumper cables, blankets, flashlights, snacks, and drinking water. If you find yourself stranded, you’ll be able to survive until help arrives.
Speaking of help, it needs to be able to find you. You should pack a fully charged cell phone and flares!
You could also find yourself in an area without service so it’s always important to tell someone where you are going, what route you plan to take, and what time you expect to arrive.
Of course, before you do any of these things, your car needs to be in good condition. Our friends at the Insurance Information Institute suggest making sure your car battery is in good shape, your tires have decent tread, and that your gas tank and windshield wiper fluid tank are full. They also suggest keeping a snow shovel, snow brush, and ice scraper in your vehicle.
As far as your actions behind the wheel, Kelley Blue Book (KBB) has tips for safe driving. The most obvious is to stay home if the roads are bad.
If that is not an option, KBB recommends:
- Drive slowly
- Eliminate distractions
- Respect snow plows
- Watch for animals
- Don’t use cruise control
- Teach your teen