2013-12-20 / Community Events

Winter driving safety tips

By Richard W. Rudolph
Installation Safety Office

Metro Creative Graphics, Inc. Metro Creative Graphics, Inc. Winter is almost here. It may still be warm now but that can change in just a few short hours in Georgia. Driving is not something people want to do when there is snow and ice on the roadways, unless it is an emergency. Here are a few simple tips to help keep you safe when the weather takes a turn for the worst. Now is the time to go over these safety tips:

• Only drive when it is necessary.

• Be sure to clean all windows and lights of snow or ice before driving.

• Make sure your tires are properly inflated and have the proper tread on them.

• Have a winter check done on your vehicle to ensure all fluids are at their proper level, wiper blades are good; lights and horn are in working condition.

• Carry an emergency bag with items like flashlight, spare batteries, extra fuses, drinking water, nonperishable food, blanket, cat litter or a bag of sand and small shovel, warning triangles, pen and paper, first aid kit.

• Kits can be purchased or put together to be tailored to its needs.

• Bridges and overpasses freeze before roadways in cold weather; even rain can cause Black ice when the temperature drops.

• Always allow extra time to get where you are going and don’t speed.

• Allow more room between vehicles and be prepared for the unexpected due to decreased visibility.

• Gently apply brakes, applying them to quickly could put you in a skid.

• Check your owner’s manual for what to do in case of a skid; it is different for front and rear wheel drive vehicles.

• Remember, just because you have a four wheel-drive vehicle, it does not mean you can speed on icy roads.

• Plan it advance for the uncertain weather and you will never be left out in the cold again - be prepared.

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