Caution: Winter Weather Conditions Ahead

Every year, more than half a million crashes take place in winter weather, resulting in over 2,000 road deaths. Being prepared before you hit the road and staying vigilant on the road are keys to staying safe this winter.

On the Road Driving Tips

Be sure to check the weather forecast before heading out on the road. If you can avoid it, don’t drive if the forecast calls for slippery driving conditions. If you must drive, follow these tips: 

 

  • Driving in the snow can be dangerous, especially if your tires aren’t in tip-top condition. When driving in snowy or icy conditions, take extra care and watch your speed.
  • Drive slowly.
  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. This will help your tires find a grip on the road.
  • Increase following distance to 5-6 seconds. You’ll need longer distances to stop.
  • Don’t stop if you can avoid it. If you can, try to roll along slowly until a traffic light changes rather than come to a complete stop and have to start up again.
  • Watch the hills. Applying the gas on snow-covered roads makes your wheels spin. And don’t stop on a hill; you might not be able to get going again.

Winter Emergency Kit

AAA Emergency Kit

Last year, AAA responded to more than 1,000,000 roadside assistance calls between December 21 and March 19th in the states in the AAA Northeast region. Yet, more than 40% of all drivers don’t keep emergency kits in their cars. AAA recommends all members have these items to prepare for winter driving:

 

  • Mobile phone and car charger
  • First-aid kit
  • Blanket(s) and/or extra sweatshirt or jacket
  • Drinking water and snacks.  Don’t forget your pet!
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Rags, paper towels, or wipes
  • Basic toolkit, including duct tape and warning devices such as flares or reflectors
  • Ice scraper and snow brush
  • Jumper cables or jump pack
  • Traction aid, such as sand, salt or non-clumping kitty litter
  • Tarp, raincoat, and gloves
  • Small shovel

If You Get Stuck

AAA recommends a few precautions to help keep you safe while you wait for assistance. 

 

  • Stay with your vehicle. It provides shelter and makes it easier for people to find you.
  • Be visible. Tie a brightly colored cloth to an antenna or at the top of a rolled-up window to signal distress.
  • Clear the exhaust pipe of snow, ice, and mud.
  • Stay warm with anything you can find to insulate your body from the cold. Blankets and heavy clothing, newspapers or even floor mats can help.
  • Conserve fuel. If possible, only run the engine and heater long enough to remove the chill.

Slow Down Move Over Save Lives

Slow Down Move Over


In order to keep our emergency responders safe, all drivers must abide by the Slow Down, Move Over laws that are active in all 50 states. To learn more about how to protect those at the roadside, click below for more information.

Slow Down Move Over
Baby in carseat with warm blanket

Safely Buckle In Your Bundle of Joy

Cold weather means more puffy coats and extra layers. Parents need to know that heavy outdoor clothing can affect how well your child’s car seats protect your loved ones. It may appear that straps are snug and attached correctly, but there may be too much extra slack for the seat to work correctly. AAA Northeast recommends securing your children in their car seats without their heavy jackets…strap the child in first, then cover him/her with their coat or extra blankets.

To learn more about car seat safety, visit AAA.com/SafeSeats

When the forecast calls for snow – should you put your car windshield wipers up, or leave them down?

  • Up, to make cleaning off the windshield easier and prevent them from freezing
  • Down, there’s no need to put them up
  • Not Sure

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Up or down – it’s all preference!

Our Automotive expert, AAA’s Car Doctor claims that while it makes cleaning your windshield off easier, it also puts pressure on the wiper blade springs. Propping the blades up can also prevent them from freezing together during heavy snowfall.


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