Before you leave
Don’t rely on GPS
Winter driving safety begins even before you leave the driveway. First, check the weather forecast. Depending on the weather, your drive may take longer. If using a GPS, don’t rely on the estimated arrival time. Add at least 15 minutes to your drive to allow for additional traffic due to weather.
Make sure your view is clear
Don’t be that igloo on wheels. Clear ice and snow from all exterior windows and mirrors before you start driving. Don’t forget about the inside of the car, either. Your AC is also a dehumidifier—use it to clear foggy windows for better visibility.
Keep an emergency car kit in your car. You don’t need to spend a lot of money – most items can be found in your home. Be sure to pack items such as gloves, hats, a blanket, a first aid kit, booster cables, a small shovel, a flashlight, and anything else that can help keep you safe in an emergency.
Put your phone away
Your phone is an important tool, but you should never use it while driving. Decide what music you want to listen to, and then put your phone away. Make sure your phone is charged, too – in case you need to call CAA.