Winter weather is here again. Driving on ice- or snow-covered roads is dangerous and poses many risks, even for experienced drivers.
In additional to snow on the road, dangerously low temperatures can cause black ice on the road that is difficult to spot after the roads are cleared. The Connecticut State Police is reminding motorists to be aware of road conditions before you leave, to drive slowly and to leave extra space between you and other vehicles.
What to include in your emergency kit
In addition to driving defensively, what else should motorists do to stay safe on the road? Don’t forget to store emergency items in your vehicle in case you get into an accident or stuck in a snowstorm.
Some of the most essential items to include in have in your vehicle during the winter include:
- Durable mittens or gloves
- Hand warmers
- Jumper cables or jump starter
- Snow brush and ice scraper
- Tow strap or rope
- Spare tire
- Flashlight and batteries
- Drinking water
- First aid kit
These items can help you survive if you get stuck on the side of the road during snowstorm or after an accident. Always be cautious when exiting your vehicle, especially if visibility is low. It is best to remain inside your vehicle at all times unless your vehicle poses a risk such as starting on fire.
Ice, snow, and cold weather can create serious hazards on the road. Be aware of weather changes and how they may impact road conditions. It is best to avoid driving altogether when road conditions are poor. If you must drive, have an emergency kit in your vehicle and take it slow.