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Cold Weather Driving Safety

​This Tailgate Talk is part of the NLTAPA collection.

Here are a few tips that may help to prevent you or somebody you know from being in a car accident this winter.


  • Winterize your vehicle—Check tires (consider snow tires), check your antifreeze, windshield wipers, fluids, batteries, etc.


  • Be sure to completely clean off your vehicle of snow before driving it—Don’t forget your head, tail, and warning lights.


  • Drive according to the conditions—Stay well below posted speed limits in bad weather and keep a safe distance from the next vehicle.


  • Expect the unexpected—Be ready to reduce speed in case of sudden stops. Give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination.


  • Keep your lights on—Make sure other drivers can see you.


  • Use safe braking techniques to avoid skidding.


  • Always gently steer into a skid to regain control of the vehicle.


  • Always drive defensively and never while under the influence of drugs or alcohol!



Resources and References:


OSHA Safe Winter Driving Publication

https://www.osha.gov/Publications/SafeDriving.pdf


NTHSA Winter Driving Tips

https://www.nhtsa.gov/winter-driving-tip


National Safety Council Be Prepared For Winter Driving

http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/news-and-resources-winter-your-car-and- you.aspx