Safe Winter Driving Tips

Our Focus is Keeping You Safe - Safe Winter Driving Tips from NHTSA and TTPD

Take Precautions

Check the weather. Don't hit the road if it's too treacherous to depart.

If you absolutely need to go outside, plan to leave earlier or arrive later than usual.

Keep your gas tank at least half-full. If you get stuck in a traffic jam, you might need more fuel just to stay warm.

Pack a shovel, broom, ice scrapper, flashlight, jumper cables and warning markers or flares.

Have an abrasive material, such as kitty litter or sand, ready to help with traction.

Have a blanket, “fully charged” cellphone, some water, food and any necessary medicine (for longer trips through rural areas).

On the Road

Always wear your seat belt (this really should go without saying).

Wear winter outerwear, and make sure your passengers, especially children, are bundled up for the snowy conditions.

Do not text or engage in distracting activities while driving.

Stranded in the Cold

Stay in your car, and don't overexert yourself.

Make yourself easy to find by keeping your interior light turned on and removing the cover from the dome light, if possible.

Put bright markers or reflective material on your antenna or windows.

Avoid carbon monoxide buildup by avoiding long stretches of idling with the windows up. If you have to keep the car running, make sure the exhaust pipe is clear of snow, and keep the engine running just long enough to stay warm.