Winter Weather Safety

The harsh winter weather months are upon us, meaning snow, slush, and ice in abundance on the road. For those of us who have to venture out during these next few months, it’s important to be prepared.

Winter Weather Driving Tips

Keep your car properly maintained, especially the brakes, tires, battery, and fluids.

Avoid cruise control, which can make controlling your vehicle harder.

Stay alert and focused. Pay close attention to the road, other drivers, and the weather conditions.

Leave more space between you and other vehicles. It’s harder to control or stop your vehicle on a slick or snow-covered surface.

Know how to handle skids/avoid fishtailing: If your car starts to skid, remain calm and steer in the direction your vehicle is skidding towards. Don’t overcorrect, slam down on the brakes, or accelerate suddenly.

Use your lights: Ensure all lights are clear of snow and ice before driving. Use your low beams in foggy/snowy conditions for better visibility.

If your children are still using children’s car seats, avoid big, bulky jackets. The harness will be too loose, so make sure to put them in thinner jackets when in the car, and put the harness underneath the jacket. You can add blankets on top for warmth.

Tell someone your travel route and expected arrival time in case of emergency.

Avoid unnecessary travel. Stay inside somewhere safe and warm, if possible.

Keep a winter weather car kit. (see below)

Winter Weather Car Kit

What to Do in an Emergency

If you do end up stuck in an emergency situation in a harsh climate, here are some things to help you stay warm, visible, and safe until help comes:

  1. Stay inside the vehicle.
  2. Keep warm by closing all the doors and windows. Use the blankets and extra clothing in your emergency kit and huddle together for warmth. Move your arms and legs every now and then to keep blood circulating.
  3. Run the engine about every 10 minutes an hour to keep warm. Ensure the exhaust pipe is clear of snow to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Crack the windows while you run it to allow fresh air in.
  4. Turn on your hazard lights, tie a brightly colored cloth to your antenna or place it outside the window to signal to others, and use the flashlight to signal for help. If you have flares in your kit, you can use those.
  5. If your cell phone is charged, call somone you know for help or call roadside assistance.
  6. Eat and drink your snacks from your kit to stay hydrated and maintain energy.
  7. Stay awake and listen to the radio for updates on the weather or tips from local authorities.


Staying safe on the road during the winter months is all about readiness. Be smart driving through snow, slush, and ice, and pay attention to the weather forecast before you leave for the day. In case of a breakdown, always be prepared with an emergency winter weather safety kit in your vehicle. Stay safe and warm this winter season with these tips.

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