Winter crashes are a risk to those who are in Kentucky. Though snow isn’t particularly common depending on where you are in the state, there is still a risk of sliding on black ice, driving in sleet and dealing with heavy winter winds. Combined with cold temperatures, drivers need to be on their guard and to do their best to be cautious on the roads.
Drivers have a few things they can do to reduce the likelihood of crashes, injuries and deaths. Here are three tips to help keep you safer this winter season.
- Get your vehicle ready for the cold
One of the first things you should do is prepare your vehicle for the cold. You should consider replacing some fluids in your vehicle, like windshield washer fluid, with types that will not freeze easily. Replace your vehicle’s windshield wipers, too. Check your car’s tires for an appropriate amount of tread and to be sure that they are inflated correctly.
- Prepare for an emergency in advance
There are times when you will find that you cannot drive because of heavy snow or other dangerous conditions. You should pull off to the side of the road or into a nearby parking lot to wait out the storm when possible.
In that case, you will want to have an emergency kit with you in your vehicle. Always keep items such as water, emergency blankets and flares with you, so you can wait comfortably and don’t feel the need to rush back onto the road.
- Check the weather before you head out
Finally, check the weather before you go out. Sleet, rain, snow, high winds and cold temperatures can all be tough on you and your vehicle. Take some time to decide if you feel safe driving in those conditions before leaving home, work or school.
These are three tips that may help you avoid a winter crash. Be safe, and you’ll have a better chance of getting to your destination without getting into a crash. If you are hit, you’ll also be in a better position to wait for help to arrive.