Winter Driving Preparedness
Safety & Awareness | January 2, 2024
By Carly Hermes, RN, BSN, Safe Kids Fox Valley Coordinator
It’s true, winter weather in Wisconsin can be unpredictable
From frigid temperatures one day to a blizzard the next. Whether you are driving to work or school or adventuring out with family or friends to enjoy a wintertime activity, Safe Kids Fox Valley wants to remind you how to stay safe going to and from your destination! AAA recommends following the 3 P’s of winter driving below:
- Prepare for the unexpected. Keep a winter emergency kit in your vehicle in the event you would become stranded.
- Know before you go! Check the weather and road conditions before heading out.
- Keep your gas tank at least half full and have your phone fully charged or a car charger in your vehicle for emergency use.
- Ensure you have properly working tires, car battery, and windshield wipers.
Protect your little ones in Car Seats.
Puffy winter coats in car seats is not a safe combination because the puffy winter gear can cause the car seat harness straps to be too loose putting your child at risk for injury in a crash. Follow these tips when securing your child in a car seat to ensure they are warm and safe in the cold elements:
- Warm your vehicle prior to departure outside of the garage or outside any enclosed space.
- Dress your child in thin layers.
- After securing your child safely in their seat:
- Place a blanket or coat over the top of the harness straps.
- Put a winter coat on your child backwards over their arms and shoulders.
- Slow down!
- Increase following distances between vehicles.
- Remove snow and ice from your vehicle before beginning any trips.
- Be mindful of snow plows and large trucks that can block visibility of the road in front of you.
- Avoid cruise control during wintry weather.
- Remove ALL distractions and focus on the road.
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