- Check that individuals who drive in cold weather are receiving a written checklist to use before and during the trip to enhance safety.
- Before departing, examine the vehicle, fluid levels (oil, antifreeze, windshield washer), tires, and check to see that all emergency equipment is accounted for such as the following:
flashlight with fully charged batteries
a cell phone
- windshield scraper and brush
- water proof matches
- tool kit
- booster cables
- a knife
- bag of sand
- portable radio
- a red distress flag
- emergency rations
- first aid kit
- Make sure the spare tire is in good repair and that a jack is present.
- Have the vehicle properly serviced prior to a trip and always begin with a full tank of gas both coming and going.
- Fill up with gas as soon as you arrive at your destination to avoid ice in the tank.
- If more than one vehicle is being used for the trip, stay in visible contact with one another once you are on the road.
- Obtain a weather report before departing.
- Schedule driving during daylight hours and use major roads.
- Don't try to save time by using secondary roads.
- Have a designated person to contact if a problem should arise.
- Drivers should wear sunglasses to cut down on glare.
If the vehicle becomes disabled or must be pulled off the road:
- If driving conditions become so hazardous that it is unsafe to continue, or if the vehicle becomes disabled, pull off the road to the safest location possible.