Winter Weather Driving

Winter driving can be extremely hazardous at times, due to poor road conditions or reduced visibilities from heavy or blowing snow. During these times, travel is difficult if not dangerous, and often not recommended. However, many people still venture outdoors not knowing what they will encounter. This is why being properly prepared is a must as it may save your life, and the lives of those travelling with you


Many winter deaths can be attributed to people becoming stranded and venturing away from their vehicle. The longer people are out in the elements, the more likely they will become disoriented and die due to exposure. To avoid this, you should stay inside your vehicle and wait for help. Display a signal, such as a bright cloth tied to your antenna to alert someone that you are in trouble, and also to aid rescuers. Occasionally run your engine to provide heat, but be sure to open a window slightly to allow proper ventilation inside the vehicle. Be sure to clear the exhaust pipe of snow to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.


Car Winter Safety Kit

The following should be included in your winter weather survival kit:

  • Shovel
  • First aid kit
  • Non-perishable food, such as granola bars and peanuts
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Candles and matches
  • Extra clothing and sleeping bags or blankets for everyone
  • Tire chains
  • Battery-operated radio with batteries
  • Empty coffee can to be used to burn the candles ot to melt snow for water
  • Booster cables
  • Cell phone with fully charged batteries