Winter Weather Roadway Traveling Tips

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During the winter months, weather can change rapidly, and sometimes dangerous conditions can appear on the roadway taking travelers by surprise. It’s important to be prepared as some of these conditions can create life-or-death scenarios.

Check Road Conditions

Before hitting the road, take some time to check the road conditions along your specific route. Visit the Federal Highway Administration’s website for links to your state’s Department of Transportation site where you can check for alerts or advisories.

You can also tune into your local news and weather stations for general weather advisories for your region. If you don’t need to be on the road, then don’t risk it.

Know the Forecast

Be sure that you are aware of the most up-to-date winter warnings and advisory information for your area. If you have a smart phone, there are many weather apps that can provide this information. You can also visit mobile.weather.gov for information.

Winterize Your Vehicle

Exactly how much you need to prepare your vehicle for the winter months depends greatly on your location. Florida residents won’t need snow tires, for instance, but they may still want to check their battery and cooling systems.

Download a comprehensive PDF on car preparation from www.nhtsa.gov, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for tips.

Keep a Winter Weather Emergency Kit

It’s better to be safe than sorry, and having an emergency kit in your car can come in handy if Mother Nature has other plans for you. Your kit should have the following items:

It’s better to be safe than sorry, and having an emergency kit in your car can come in handy if Mother Nature has other plans for you. Your kit should have the following items:

  • Jumper cables
  • Flares or reflective triangle
  • Ice scraper
  • Car cell phone charger
  • Cat litter or sand for tire traction
  • Blankets
  • Flashlight
  • First Aid Kit