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Winter Weather Driving Tips
12/15/2010

Even experienced drivers can find their nerves and skills tested by winter road conditions. Here are some tips to help you drive safely as the weather turns cold:

  • Before beginning your trip, know the current road conditions and weather forecast. For statewide highway information 24 hours a day, call 511 or go to 511virginia.org
  • Make sure your vehicle is ready for winter:
    • Check your brakes and tires
    • Check your battery and ignition system
    • Check your antifreeze and thermostat
    • Check your windshield wipers and de-icing washer fluid
    • Check your headlights, tail and brake lights, blinkers and emergency flashers
    • Check your exhaust system, heater and defroster
    • Check your oil
    • Properly lubricate door locks that may be prone to freezing
    • Keep your car's windows, mirrors and lights clear of snow and ice.
  • Always wear your seat belt.
  • Leave a few minutes early.
  • Start out slowly in the lowest gear recommended by your vehicle's manufacturer.
  • Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges.
  • Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road.
  • Don't pass a snowplow or spreader unless it is absolutely necessary. Treat these as you would emergency response vehicles.
  • Keep an emergency winter driving kit in your car.
  • Drive smart!
     

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