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Safety First: Winter Driving Tips

During the winter months, driving can be challenging. Winter driving conditions like snow, rain and ice-covered roads can dramatically effect the way your vehicle operates. Although we cannot control roadway conditions, we can promote safe driving behavior, and routine vehicle checks to ensure your safety.



Be Prepared!


In preparation for winter driving, here is a list of vehicle systems to check and determine if they are working properly:

  • BRAKES: Brakes should provide even and balanced braking. Also check that brake fluid is at the proper level.

  • COOLING SYSTEM: Ensure a proper mixture of 50/50 antifreeze and water in the cooling system at the proper level.

  • ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: Check the ignition system and make sure that the battery is fully charged and that the connections are clean. Check that the alternator belt is in good condition with proper tension.

  • ENGINE: Inspect all engine systems.

  • EXHAUST SYSTEM: Check exhaust for leaks and that all clamps and hangers are snug.

  • TIRES: Check for proper tread depth and no signs of damage or uneven wear. Check for proper tire inflation.

  • OIL: Check that oil is at the proper level.

  • VISIBILITY SYSTEMS: Inspect all exterior lights, defrosters (windshield and rear window), and wipers. Install winter windshield wipers.


Drive for work? Visit OSHA for information about vehicle safety during the winter months:

OSHA Safe Winter Driving page

OSHA Safe Driving Practices

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