Winter Driving Safety and Survival Kit Recommendations

Winter and hazardous driving conditions will be with us for the few months.  What Can You Do To Be Safe?

One of the most important safety precautions is to slow down. Winter driving conditions can be very deceptive.  Ice beneath the snow, black ice on the roadway or ruts caused by other drivers all present a driving challenge that can dramatically affect the braking distance of a vehicle.  Make sure you adjust both your speed and your distance between your car and the vehicle in front according the winter conditions.

Give yourself some extra time. We see numerous car accidents happen due to unsafe speed in snowy conditions, which could easily have been avoided.

Not all accidents can be avoided, however, so make sure you are prepared by having an emergency survival kit.

Survival Kit

Do you have a winter survival kit for your vehicle? Most people have cell phones, but here are some items that might come in handy:

  • Ice Scraper and Brush: It goes without saying that these are necessary for winter in New York.
  • Blanket, hat, gloves and an extra pair of socks. If you are ever stuck in the snow, or find yourself in a vehicle that won’t start, having these items available can make a big difference.
  • Shovel: Having a small shovel in your truck can help if you need to remove snow and/or ice around your wheels.
  • Flashlight: Make sure you have a standard-sized flashlight on hand with fresh batteries in case you are stranded in the evening. (Matches are also a good idea).
  • Food and Water:  It is a good idea to keep a couple of protein bars in the glove box along with grabbing a bottle of water when you leave the house.
  • Glow Sticks, Flares or Reflector Vest: If you don’t have a reflector vest, purchase some glow sticks or flares. Glow sticks are very cheap and can be purchased at any dollar store. These can help people see you at night if you need to shovel your vehicle out of a snow bank.
  • Miscellaneous: A few others things you can keep in your vehicle can include a tow rope, kitty litter (to aid with traction) and a can of deicer. (Avoid using hot water on glass or locks. It will refreeze and could create a bigger problem.)

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