Well, it’s that time of year. With the temperatures dropping, you can expect harsher weather to be right around the corner. And that means there is about to be a lot more snow and ice on the road. We are always asked about safety tips for winter driving, and the best one we can give you is to be prepared. Preparation is the key.

The first step, is making sure your car is in good condition before you go. Trooper Brooke Bova explains some easy, but crucial steps you should take to decrease your risk of a collision during the winter months.

You may have heard these things before. And it may seem like getting your defrost going and clearing the snow off your windshield are simple enough. But every year, these “simple” things are ignored and collisions occur.

Extreme weather can also wear down your car, so this is a good time to check the rest of your  parts and equipment. Before getting on the road, consider the following:

  • Monitoring your tire pressure
  • Checking your engine coolant and antifreeze levels
  • Getting your battery tested
  • Replacing dirty filters, such as air, fuel, and PCV
  • Replacing your old wiper blades
  • Making sure your headlights and taillights are in good working condition
  • Having your brakes checked

We want everyone to enjoy a fun and safe holiday season; and in order to do that, you need to get to your destination safely. Take a few extra minutes in the morning to follow Trooper Bova’s steps before hitting the road.

Stay turned for the rest of our Winter Driving Series. Trooper Bova will be back to explain difference between traction tires and chains, go over what to carry in your emergency pack, walk you through how to stop of snow and ice, and more!