Winter Safety Tips: Winter Driving

They say there are two seasons in Cleveland: winter and summer. Even if you are an experienced driver, you can do well by reviewing these tips.

winter driving

  • Before driving in the winter season it is essential that your vehicle is in good working order, which means good tires, a tuned-up engine, functioning lights and fluid levels topped off.
  • While driving in winter conditions keep your eyes moving and be aware of your surroundings on the road.
  • If you have to stop quickly, do not stab at the brakes.
  • If you find your vehicle slipping, apply gradual pressure and turn your steering wheel in the direction that the car is sliding.
  • Keep plenty of room between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you.
  • Do not attempt to pass a slow moving snow plow. The driver typically has limited sight and can’t easily maneuver their vehicle.
  • Do not drive while wearing boots. Too often they are big enough to depress both the accelerator and the brake at the same time.
  • SLOW DOWN. It is better to get to your destination late, rather than risk getting in an accident.

Be safe! Be careful!

Winter Safety Tips Series

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The Cleveland Police Foundation, in partnership with the Cleveland Division of Police and the Ohio Crime Prevention Association present these tips so citizens can help to make our community safer. 


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