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Winter Driving

Safe driving practices in the winter are very similar to safe driving practices at any other time of year.  However, snowy and icy conditions mean drivers should slow down and leave more room for braking and more distance between vehicles.

If you are planning highway travel, it is a good idea to make your plans flexible.

If you are renting a vehicle, ask the rental agency in advance (recommend 48 hours notice) about snow tires and any additional fees.

Before Winter Checklist:

  • Tune-up
  • Battery
  • Brakes
  • Oil Change
  • Snow tires
  • Leaks:
    • Exhaust
    • Oil
    • Gas

Regular Checklist:

  • Lights
  • Tire pressure
  • Wiper blades
  • Defrosters
  • Fluids:
    • Gas
    • Windshield washer
    • Radiator antifreeze
    • Oil check

Winter and Emergency Car Kit:

  • Several candles or small cans of Sterno (canned heat) USE WITH CARE!
  • Several packs of safety matches.  Wooden matches are recommended.
  • A pair of woollen mitts, two pairs of woollen socks, and other extra warm clothing.
  • An aluminium mug and pot
  • Knife, fork, and spoon
  • High-calorie, non-perishable foods
  • Shovel
  • Traction aids
  • Window brush and ice scraper
  • Windshield washer fluid
  • Warm clothes and boots
  • Booster cables
  • Flash light and extra batteries
  • Lighter and waterproof matches
  • Tool kit
  • Safety triangles, cones, or flares
  • First aid kit
  • Blanket


  1. Turn your wheels from side to side few times to push snow out of the way.
  2. Keep a light touch on the gas, and ease forward.

DO NOT spin your wheels.  You will just dig in deeper.