Driving in winter weather can be frightening and hazardous,
and it never hurts to be prepared—even if you live in a more
temperate climate. The following tips can help you deal with
road emergencies and drive safer and smarter on your holiday road trips.
1. Maintain your car. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration
recommends checking the battery, windshield wipers, coolant/antifreeze
levels, and tire treads before taking a road trip.
2. Plan your route and allow plenty of time to reach your destination. Check the weather
beforehand, and leave early if necessary to avoid speeding or driving recklessly in harsh
3. Avoid cruise control on wet, icy, or snowy roads—it can cause you to lose control of your
vehicle. The use of cruise control also diminishes your focus.
4. Keep the following items in your car: a flashlight, jumper cables, abrasive material (like
cat litter or even floor mats), shovel, ice scraper/snow brush, emergency flares, blankets,
water, and nonperishable snacks.
5. Unsure what to do in icy or snowy conditions? AAA offers Winter Driving Tips online at
exchange.aaa.com/safety/driving-advice, or pick up their “How to