With another round of snow and ice, here are 5 tips to be sure that you are traveling safely.


Slow Down

This one should go without saving, but time and time again, I see people driving too fast for the road conditions. Allow yourself extra time to get where you are going, and slow down to get there. If you have 4-wheel-drive, super! However, that will only help you if you get stuck. It won't keep you from sliding off an icy road.

Fill Your Tank

Again, this one shouldn't need to be said, but... Fill your gas tank. At the very least, when the roads are a mess, make sure you don't get lower than a quarter of a tank. If you find yourself stranded, the last thing you want is to run out of gas while you wait for assistance.

Pack Some Essentials

If you do more than just a little driving when the roads get bad, having a "survival kit" in your car, just in case, can prove to be invaluable. A few things to include in your kit: a blanket, a few bottles of water and snacks. If you get stuck, you could be there for a little while.

Keep Your Phone Charged

This one may seem like a no-brainer too, but if you end up stuck and need to call for help, the last thing you are going to want is a dead cell battery. Keep a charger in the car, just in case.

Clear Your Lights

When you are out cleaning the snow and ice off your vehicle, don't forget the headlights and taillights. There is nothing worse than driving behind someone who forgot to clear their taillights. It makes it difficult to see your brake lights and turn signals.

The bottom line, is keep yourself safe.