Winter Safety Tips

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During the winter, your driving safety plan should change from your driving safety plan that you have during the warmer months. Rain, ice, snow, and unexpected cold fronts can keep you on your toes and challenge road safety. Road Safe Seniors has rounded up a few winter safety tips to share.

Prep your car before you go anywhere. Here are a few things to check:

Tire Pressure
As the outside temperature drops, so does the inflation pressure. Make sure each tire is filled to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended inflation pressure.

In cold weather, gasoline and diesel engines take more batter power to start. Have a mechanic check your battery, charging system, belts, and for any other needed repairs or replacements.

Safety Technologies
Familiarize yourself with safety technologies on your vehicle and how they perform in wintry conditions.

Check your headlights, brake lights, turn signals, emergency flashers and interior lights.

Windshield Wipers
Make sure your vehicle’s reservoir is full of high-quality “winter” fluid with de-icer before winter weather hits.

Cooling System
Make sure you have enough coolant in your vehicle, and that it meets the manufacturer’s sepcifications. See your vehicle owner’s manual for recommendations.

In addition, keep your car stocked with winter essentials including a flashlight, shovel, and blankets. Fill your tank or charge your car before you go, and plan your route before you leave.

Find more winter tips at The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.