Safety This Winter
Stay safe this winter season by planning ahead and making good choices while traveling or driving longer distances for work. When preparing to travel, be aware of current and forecasted weather conditions. Get your car ready for cold weather before winter gets too harsh and ensure it is well-equipped for the road conditions. Also, make sure you are prepared for winter driving weather!
Winter Driving Safety Tips
• Speed limits are based on normal road conditions so reduce your speed when there is ice or snow.
• Stay at least 200 feet back if you are behind a snow plow.
• Bridges, ramps, and overpasses freeze first, so use extreme caution.
• Know how to safely maneuver a vehicle if skidding on ice occurs.
• Maintain at least three times the normal following distance when driving on snow and ice.
• Be aware of 'black ice' which is a nearly invisible layer of ice that can develop on roads and cause a driver to rapidly lose control. Black ice is especially common at night.
Winter Weather Tire Tips (From State Farm)
1. Check tire inflation
-As temperatures fall, tire air pressure can drop.
2. Don’t rely on tire pressure monitoring systems
-These systems are only designed to warn drivers when tires become approximately 20 percent or more underinflated.
3. Make sure your tires are suitable for the conditions you travel in
-”All-season” tires are a good choice for year-round traction in areas that don’t experience significant snow and ice. Specialized winter tires are designed to cope with challenging snow and ice conditions.
4. Verify your tires have the right amount of tread
-If traveling in snow/ice conditions, tires should have a minimum of 6/32 of tread remaining. If traveling in wet/rainy conditions the tire should have a minimum of 4/32 tread remaining.