In Winter Weather
ice, and extreme cold can make driving treacherous.
These safety tips from CDC, the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration, and the National Safety Council
can help make winter car travel safer.
Before winter arrives, have your car tuned up, check the level of
antifreeze, make sure the battery is good, and check
your tire tread or put on snow tires.
gear in your car for everyday trips:
- cell phone
sand or kitty litter (for traction)
snow brush, and small shovel
warning devices (e.g., flares, reflectors)
- For long car
trips, keep food, water, extra blankets, and
required medication on hand.
Avoid driving in
snow or ice storms. If you must travel in bad
weather, drive slowly. Let someone know what route
you're taking and when you plan to arrive so they
can alert authorities if you don't get there.
If your car is
parked outside, make sure the exhaust pipe and the
area around it are free of snow before you start the
car. Snow packed in or around the exhaust pipe can
cause high levels of carbon monoxide in the car.
Don't sit in a
parked car with the engine running unless a window
is open. Do not let your car run while parked in a
- If your car
stalls or gets stuck in snow, light two flares and
place one at each end of the car, a safe distance
away. Make sure snow has not blocked the exhaust
pipe. Then stay in your vehicle and open a window
slightly to let in fresh air. Wrap yourself in
blankets and run your vehicle's heater for a few
minutes every hour to keep warm.
Walking In A Winter Wonderland
Walking in icy, snowy weather can be dangerous, but
these tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration can help make your trek safer.
Dress in layers and wear boots
with nonskid soles. Wear a bright scarf or hat or
reflective gear so drivers can see you.
- Walk on sidewalks if possible. If sidewalks are
covered in snow and ice and you must walk in the street,
walk against the flow of traffic and as close to the
curb as you can.
- Don't wear a hat or scarf that blocks your vision or
makes it hard for you to hear traffic.
- When traveling with babies or small children, dress
them in bright or reflective clothing. Always keep
children--whether in a stroller or on foot--in front of
you and as close to the curb as possible.
- Before you step off the curb, make sure oncoming cars
and trucks have come to a complete stop.