Winter weather can make driving hazardous. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, nearly one in four weather-related vehicle crashes involve snow, slush, or icy roads.

One important way to reduce risk when driving during winter weather is to prepare your vehicle in advance. Here are some tips:

  • Assemble a winter survival kit and keep it in your vehicle during the season. Items to pack include an ice scraper, a snow shovel, and sand or road salt.
  • Check your tires regularly, replace them as needed, and switch to snow tires when applicable.
  • Maintain your windshield wipers and top off the windshield fluid reservoir.
  • Keep your gas tank full so you can keep the engine running if you get stranded on the road.
  • Drive your car for a least a few minutes several times a week to help keep the battery charged.

Next week, we’ll discuss the importance of checking the forecast before heading out on wintry roads.

Check out the e-Risk Management newsletter archive for more tips.

Make it a safe day!

Mike Schofield
President & CEO