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Winter Weather Driving Can Be a Challenge for Even the Most Experienced Drivers. Use These Tips to Help You Drive Safely During the Winter Season.

Car Maintenance
Make sure to prepare your vehicle before the winter season begins. The following handy steps will help you ensure that your vehicle is safe to drive during winter weather.
• Check your brakes, transmission, and tires.
• Check the condition of your battery and ignition system.
• Check radiator coolant, hoses, and belts.
• Check your anti-freeze and thermostat to avoid freezing.
• Check your windshield wiper blades and de-icing washer fluid.
• Check your headlights, tail and brake lights, blinkers and emergency flasher.
• Check your exhaust system, heater and defroster.
• Check fuel and air filters.
• Check your oil and power steering fluids.
• Properly lubricate door locks that may be prone to freezing.

Driving Safety
• Before beginning your trip, check the current road conditions and weather forecast. For statewide highway information 24 hours a day checkout your state’s Department of Transportation. For the best weather information all day every day, check out wunderground.com
• Keep your car’s windows, mirrors and lights clear of snow and ice.
• Buckle up.
• Allow plenty of time to make it your destination.
• Be aware of sleet, freezing rain, and potentially icy areas.
• Brake early and slowly. Avoid slamming on the brakes.
• Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road.
• When driving on ice and snow, do not use cruise control and avoid abrupt steering maneuvers.
• Keeps an emergency winter driving kit in your car.
• Maintain at least a half tank of gas during the winter season. This is good for emergency preparedness and it keeps the fuel line from freezing.

Source: Department of Transportation

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