Winter-Wise Driving Tips

As winter continues throughtout Ohio, here are some helpful tips to make your adventures into the elements a little safer:

Winter-wise Driving Tips

*Pay attention to weather reports on the radio. Allow time in your schedule for bad weather and/or traffic delays.

*Become familiar with your vehicle’s winter weather operating characteristics. Front-wheel-drive vehicles generally handle better than rear-wheel vehicles on slippery roads because the weight of the engine is on the drive wheels, improving traction.

*Keep your windows clear of snow and ice. Remember to clean head, tail and brake lights.

*If you need to turn on your wipers, you need to turn on your headlights.(It is the law now!)

*To prevent fuel line freeze-up, keep your gas tank at least half full. Fill your gas tank before your vehicle is parked for lengthy periods.

*Leave ample stopping time between you and the driver in front of you. Braking distance can be up to nine times greater on snowy, icy surfaces than on dry roads.

*If your vehicle is equipped with an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), be sure to: STOMP – firmly depress the brake pedal. STAY on the brakes – do not pump the brakes. STEER where you want the vehicle to go.

*Gently pump non-ABS brakes to stop the vehicle. Take any corrective action gradually. You need to maintain full control of the vehicle. Refer to the vehicle operations manual for proper methods to correct skids.

*During winter travel, it is best to supply those at your destination with the following information: your cell phone number, departure time, travel route and anticipated arrival time.

*Lock your vehicle, even in bad weather. If locks freeze, heat the key. Do not pour hot water on the locks – they will refreeze.

*If you need to turn on the windshield wipers, then you need to turn on the headlights, too. Low beams are advisable in wet weather.

*Drive with extreme caution on bridges and overpasses during freezing temperatures. Because bridge temperatures can be 5-6 degrees colder than roadways, they can become slick and icy before roads.

*Stay with your vehicle while warming it up. An unattended, running car invites theft.