Roseville PD: Safe Winter Driving Tips
Adjust driving awareness in the changing season
Roseville, California – Winter is, without a doubt, the most dangerous season for driving. Snow, fog, ice and strong winds can cause dangerous driving conditions.
Preparing yourself and your vehicle before you hit the roads is key to safely reaching your next destination.
Prepare your vehicle before you travel
Low outdoor temperatures cause tire pressure to drop. Ensure that your tires, including the spare, are at the inflation pressure recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. If you don’t know what that is, it’s usually on a sticker on the driver’s side door frame. It is best to check the tire pressure when the car is cold. (It hasn’t been driven for at least 3 hours).
Also, check the condition of your tires at least monthly, as well as before every major road trip. The depth of the tread shall be at least 1/16 of an inch, and the tread and sidewalls shall be free of any cuts, bulges or cracks. Also be sure to check the spare tire. If you find any damage, take your car to a professional to have it evaluated.
Regularly, check your car:
- Batteries with charging system to make sure they work efficiently.
- The lights – headlights, turn signals, brake lights, emergency indicators and even interior lights – they all work.
- Fluids, make sure you have enough engine coolant in your system, and that your windshield fluid reservoir is full.
- And… make sure your gas tank is full and be careful when it drops below 50%. For electric vehicles, make sure they are fully charged. Always have a plan for where you can recharge on your trip.
Prepare yourself and your family
It’s a good idea to carry jumper cables and a flashlight in the trunk, along with flashlights or other types of emergency signs in case of a breakdown.
If you are likely to encounter snow or ice, pack a snow shovel, broom, and snow scraper. Inside the car, take blankets, cell phone, car charger, water, food, and any prescribed medications.
Prepare your path
Check the weather forecast for your trip. If it looks bad, consider delaying until the weather improves, or going before the worst weather hits.
Make sure you tell someone the route you’re on and when you expect to arrive. Call them when you arrive.
your driving style
Driving conditions are potentially more dangerous. Leave a good distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. Avoid sudden acceleration, especially when moving away from a stop. This will reduce the risk of wheel spin, especially on ice and after rain.
Most of all, slow down! In bad conditions, speed will never be your friend.