Hello Everyone! Winter is approaching fast and we have some winter driving tips to help you and your teen driver deal with handling your vehicle on ice and snow.

Living in Minnesota I am sure you have plenty of hair raising experiences haunting your memory in regard to winter driving.  Having survived this long, you already know a great deal about winter driving. For your review, we have compiled a list of winter weather driving tips, use this list to refresh your memory and see if there are any tips that are new to you. 

Be Prepared!

The best advice I can offer you is to be ready before winter strikes. This means you have some work to do in getting your car prepped for winter.

Winterize your vehicle: Bring your car in and have it serviced. Getting the coolant tested, oil changed, wiper blades replaced, and battery tested and replaced if necessary is a great start to winter.
Inspect your tires: Make sure the tread on your tires are deep and wearing evenly. By law, your tread depth must be at least 1/16 of an inch deep. Replace your tires if they are too worn. You may want to consider putting snow tires on your car.
Assemble your winter survival kit: You should carry a winter survival kit to weather the storm if you are stranded dangerous winter conditions. The kit should contain  . . .

  • Shovel.
  • Container of sand, salt or kitty litter.
  • Warm clothing, gloves, hat and footwear.
  • Red flag for your vehicle’s antenna.
  • Blanket or sleeping bag.
  • Quick energy foods, drinking water, and empty waste container.
  • Tow chain and tire chains.
  • Road flares, reflectors, or electronic warning light modules.
  • Jumper cables.Candles and matches or lighter.
  • First aid kit.
  • Reading material.

If you ever become stranded or stuck, having these items may just save your life.

Winter Driving

Ice, compact snow, sleet, freezing rain, blowing snow, and drifts all sound like fun to drive in right? Well, OK maybe not so much.  If you are headed out for a long or short trip, remember to follow these tips on traveling in the winter. It will be much more likely that you will arrive safe and sound.

  • Make sure people know what route you plan on taking.
  • Let people know when you expect to arrive home or at your destination.
  • Check your weather app for warnings and current road conditions before leaving.
  • Make sure you have a full tank of gas.
  • Make sure you have your winter coat with, you don’t have to wear it . . . just have it in the car.
  • Clear all the snow off of your car.
  • Start out slow and test the roads.
  • Drive slower than usual.

Have a Safe Winter Driving Season!

Please take to heart the tips I have shared with you today. This article is intended to get you thinking about driving conditions that are lurking just around the corner. Driver safely, keep warm and arrive at your destination.

I would love to hear from you. Please share any winter driving tips or items you like to have in your winter survival kit with us. Good humor is always appreciated as well do you have any fun winter driving experiences you would like to share? Thanks for reading everyone!

Additional reading on winter driving:

Minnesota’s Driver Manual (p. 66 for winter driving)

Office of Traffic Safety, Winter Driving. (Quick List)

AAA Winter Driving Tips