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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

NTHSA Winter Driving Tips

National Safety Council Be Prepared For Winter Driving you.aspx

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