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Winter Weather Driving Tips

Be Prepared For Winter Driving

It’s that time again when we are likely to be faced with the winter hazards that come with living in the North Country! The weather can change quickly, so it is important to take precautions to keep yourself and your family safe on the roadways. When a winter storm hits, the best thing to do is to stay home! If you must venture out, take precautions to ensure your safety.

Check out the NY State Safe Winter Driving Program for more information on staying safe on the roads this winter.

Before You Leave Home:

  • Make sure you have a scraper and brush in your car so you can remove the snow and ice from the windows and windshield.
  • Remember to use your headlights and windshield wipers day or night
  • Before starting your car, make sure the tailpipe is clear of any snow and ice.
  • Make sure your tires are properly inflated and have good traction for driving in the snow. Drivers are allowed to install snow tires with metal studs in New York State only from October 16 through April 30.

Winter Driving Tips:  

  • Drive slowly and carefully, and leave plenty of room between you and the car in front of you.
  • Allow for more stopping distance for snow plows and sand trucks
  • Be aware of black ice on the roads that can cause other drivers to lose control.
  • When there is ice on the roadways, remember that bridges and ramps freeze first.
  • Never stop or park your car in an intersection because it can block other drivers from seeing the road clearly.
  • Keep a bag of snow melt in your car in case you need to melt the ice on the roads.
  • Always carry an emergency kit in your car. This should include food, water, blankets, a first aid kit, and anything else you might need to stay warm or get help.

If You Are Stranded:

  • If you are stranded during a winter storm, call 911 immediately.
  • Never leave your car unless it is completely necessary to find help or shelter.