Winter is here with cold days and more snow in the forecast. Whether you are dashing through the snow on four wheels, on two wheels, here some tips to keep you safe this winter.
- Get your car serviced – get a routine maintenance and check for leaks, and parts that need repairs or replacements
- Check for recalls – nhtsa.gov/recalls , if your vehicle is under recall, go to the nearest dealer and get it fixed for free.
- Know your car – features to know available here
- Wipers and defrosters – check your wipers and replace worn blades, check if the defrosters work properly
- Tires – some manufacturers recommend replacing the tires every 6 years. Check to see if they have uneven wear or insufficient thread. Learn how to measure thread
- Stock your car with shovel, broom, ice scarpers, jumper cables, flashlights, blankets, and emergency markers.
- Stay alert and don’t drive distracted or under the influence
- Layer up but do not overdress – look for clothing that is designed to keep you warm without being too bulky and make you sweat. Many stores sell active wear clothes that are both fashionable and functional. Cover your head, your extremities and your ears, and wear clear glasses to protect your eyes.
- Wear something bright and equip your bike with good lights (flashing lights have a great battery life but the high powered ones can blind the motorists behind you), it will keep you safe during low visibility conditions.
- Equip your bike with wide tires (studded winter tires are best for icy conditions) and shoes with threaded sole so you won’t slip when you break or stop at a light and you have to put your foot down.
- If possible, pick streets that will minimize your contact with cars.
- Think safety first! – Use your judgment in snowy, slippery and/or low visibility conditions, actively manage risk through strategies to avoid travel, minimize contact with other traffic and/or make yourself as visible as possible through proper lane positioning