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Winter always brings a warning for drivers to stay alert, be in control and slow down. Get yourself and your vehicle fully prepared for winter driving to avoid any accidents (a major cause of deaths in winter).

In winters “Winter Road Safety” is very important for driving in snow or icy weather conditions. Let’s have a look at those basics.

Intra vehicular necessities

Make sure you keep the following things with you while driving in winters to make sure your safety while driving in winters.

– First aid kit
– Bottled water
– Rain gear, additional clothes /blankets
– Canned fruit and nuts
– Ice scraper/snow brush
– Booster cables
– Small shovel
– Set of traction mats or tire chains
– Tow rope or chain
– Extra newspapers for insulation
– Plastic bags (for hygiene)
– Road flares or warning lights
– Pocket knife
– Sand or other traction aid
– Sleeping bags
– Fire extinguisher
– Candle and Matches
– Vibrantly colored cloth as a flag
– Additional set of footwear, mittens, and a wool cap and socks
– Gas line antifreeze
– Small tool kit
– Flashlight and batteries

Your own care

In case you get yourself in a mishap during your winter drive, following these tips will help you to survive through the harsh weather conditions.

– Before driving try to get full sleep.
– Keep yourself away from exhaustion and take break after 3 hours to give your body relaxation especially in long drives.
– Maintain your circulation by exercise or by occasionally moving your arms and legs.
– Be careful about hypothermia coming with signs like slow speech, out of control shivering, exhaustion, drowsiness etc.
– Wear warm clothes and be in a group to have warmth production.
– Wear light-weight clothes with layers and less fitting.
– Don’t stay in same pose too long to avoid fatigue and take turns if you have anyone else in the car.
– Watchfully arrange long trips.
– Keep yourself in touch with road conditions via radio, TV etc.

Additional vehicular necessities

Make sure your vehicle’s battery, brakes, wipers, radiator, thermostat, oil, lights, flashing hazard lights, belts and hoses, ignition system, defroster anti-freezer, heater/defroster, exhaust system heaters are working properly.

– Employ only good conditioned winter tires. DMV’s driving law asks you to have chain or snow tires with studs for driving. (Check tire pressures constantly as it drops in cold)
– Remove snow or ice from your vehicle by using windshield scraper or a small broom.
– Make your gas tank completely filled.
– Set your windshield washer liquid at -40C temperature range.

Going on road

– Most importantly, make sure you are visible to others and they are visible to you.
– Follow double two second rule and in harsh condition, double the gap between you and the other vehicle moving in front of your car
– Avoid skids on slippery roads by gaining full control over your vehicle and to do this install fully functional brake and employ defensive driving skills especially the ones driving trucks.
– Be extra careful while driving in snowy roads and keep in touch with weather conditions.


In case you get yourself in trouble try to

– Call police or use flares/flashers to attract attention.
– Use phone service to seek help.
– In low visibility during a snow storm, stay in your car.
– Shovel slowly to avoid fatigue in case your vehicle gets stuck in snow.

Most importantly try to stay calm without panic and stay safe. Be careful and enjoy your winter ride!

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