Driving in the winter

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Tips for winter driving

Winter is a good time to be sure your car is ready for the harsh elements such as snow and ice.

The Kansas Highway Patrol cautions drivers to listen to weather reports and get off the roads before a winter storm strikes.  If travel is absolutely necessary, make sure your vehicle is in good mechanical condition, equipped with proper tires for winter driving and has a full tank of gas.

Tips from the KHP to ensure safe winter driving:

  • Prepare your vehicle for winter travel
  • Check your car’s fluids
  • Ensure your car tires have adequate tread
  • Equip your car with good wiper blades
  • Have your car’s exhaust system checked
  • Increase the following distance between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you
  • Make time to leave earlier in the morning for work or appointments to adjust for the inevitable delays
  • Accelerate and break gently
  • Clean frost and snow off all windows, mirrors and lights
  • Steer toward the direction you want to go if your car loses traction and begins to slide

In addition, it’s a good idea to have a winter storm survival kit in your car in case of emergencies.

Winter storm survival kit:

  • Metal coffee cans
  • Matches/lighter
  • Candles
  • Can opener
  • Blankets
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Shovel
  • Tow rope or chain
  • Extra winter clothing
  • Non-perishable food
  • Fuses/flares
  • Jumper cables
  • Ice scraper
  • Traction mats, sand or cat litter
  • Red flag
  • Cell phone


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