Winter is upon us, bringing with it cold, icy and, at times, snowy conditions. While this weather can make for a wonderful Christmas backdrop, it can also present some real risks to motorists, especially those who may not be as experienced at navigating the road and driving hazards that can arise during the winter season in Illinois.
To help you stay safe on the roads and minimize your risk of a collision, below are some important winter driving safety tips to review and share with your loved ones.
How to Stay Safe on the Roads This Winter
- Get your vehicle winter ready – This generally involves checking out and replacing or maintaining, as needed, your vehicle’s tires, brakes, electrical system, fuel system, engine and lighting systems. It also involves replenishing your vehicle’s fluids (e.g., oil and wiper fluids). Taking this step is necessary to ensure your vehicle operates as it should in the harsher, more extreme conditions of wintertime.
- Prepare a winter safety kit for your car – Specifically, assemble a series of items in a tote or box to keep your vehicle so that you have some resources to pull from if you are in a crash, break down or are stranded on the roadside in the wintertime for any reason. While you can purchase premade kits from various retailers, we’ll explain how to assemble one of these kits on your own as part of our December blog series.
- Be ready to slow down and make room for plows – In other words, remember the rules of the road in wintertime. Drive at least 5 to 10 mph slower, particularly during or after freezing rain or snow. Also, give plenty of room to snow plows sharing the road with you. Additional rules of the road for the winter (and any time) include not tailgating other motorists, paying attention to the roads and following all other traffic laws.
- Get in the habit of checking the weather & your route before longer trips – Although the weather may be relatively mild at your starting point, winter weather conditions can become adverse very quickly, and the weather at your destination may be far different from the conditions at your departure point. So, check both the weather and traffic conditions before longer winter road trips. Taking this step can help you determine when you may need to reroute or re-plan certain trips to avoid especially risky conditions.
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