The snow is falling and the ice is covering the streets. Winter weather driving can be very tricky for the inexperienced or unprepared driver. The Department of Labor has published some great winter driving tips, which are reproduced below:
1. Winterize your car by checking the ignition, cooling system, fuel system, battery, lights, tires, heater, brakes, wipers and defroster.
2. Keep a winter storm kit in the car in case of an emergency, pack a flashlight, windshield scraper, extra clothing, snow boots, blankets, booster cables, sand, chains, and high calorie non-perishable snacks.
3. If a winter storm tests your driving ability, pull over and seek shelter immediately.
4. Allow plenty of time for travel in winter storms to prevent accidents by rushed driving.
5. Let others know of your travel plans and estimated time of arrival.
6. Drive defensively. If your car does not have anti-lock brakes, pump the brakes when trying to stop on snow or ice covered roads.
7. Do not use cruise control or overdrive on icy roads.
8. Turn your lights on when driving to increase your visibility to other motorists. Keep your lights and windshields clear.
9. If ice/snow coats your car, try to remove as much of is as you can, don't just clear a hole in the windshield.
10. Leave yourself plenty of room to stop. You should leave at least three times more space than usual between you and cars in front of you.
11. Don't assume your vehicle can handle all weather conditions. Four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles can still have trouble on winter roads.
Thanks to the Missouri Department of Labor for these great tips.