3 P's for Safe Winter Driving

  • 3 P’s for Safe Winter DrivingCar    


     

    Prepare:

    Maintain your car by checking the battery, tire tread, and windshield wipers.  Keep windows clear of objects.  Do not put freezable fluid in the washer reservoir, and check antifreeze. 

    Have on hand:  flashlight, jumper cables, abrasive material (sand, Kitty litter, floor mats), shovel, ice scraper, warning device, and blankets.  For longer trips add food and water, medication and cell phone. 

    Stopped or Stalled? Stay with your car, don't over exert, put bright markers on antenna or windows and shine dome light, and if you run your car, clear exhaust pip and run it just enough to stay warm. 

    Plan your route:  allow plenty of time, be familiar with directions, and let others know your route and arrival time.

    Protect Yourself:  Buckle up and use child safety seats.  Never place a rearfacing infant seat in the front of an air bag.  Children 12 and under are much safer in the back seat.

    Prevent Crashes: Slow down and increase distances between cars.  Keep your eyes open for pedestrians walking in the road.  Avoid fatigue by getting plenty of rest before the trip.  Also, stop at least every three hours and rotate drivers if possible.  Always designate a driver if you are planning to drink.

    From OSHA website