For some, this is their favorite time of year. The air is crisp, the decorations are out, and the world is full of the holiday spirit. Winter activities are in full swing such as skiing, sledding, snowmobiling, ice fishing, and of course, those warm nights by a roaring fire. It is also a time for long commutes on snow covered roads. Please remember that winter driving presents its own challenges, and the best way to protect yourself is planning and preparation. As we begin this winter travel season here are some things we should remember to help keep us safe:
- Winterize your vehicle, make sure your tires have adequate tread, or consider putting on snow tires. Make sure your car battery is in good condition, if you’re not sure you can have it tested at most auto parts stores and oil change shops.
- Make sure you have a winter driving survival kit including an ice scraper and a spare blanket.
- Clean snow and ice off your car. It’s important to have good visibility for the safety of yourself, and other motorists. Driving with obstructed windows is a ticketable offense.
- Keep your gas tank at least half full.
- Slow down and give yourself more distance between cars.
- Give salt trucks plenty of room so they can do their job.
- When conditions are challenging, take it seriously and focus on your driving.
Winter can be a beautiful time of year, so enjoy the season and all the great activities out there. Our goal at the Auburn Hills DPW is to help make this season a safe season for all.
Mark Michling, Manager of Fleet & Roads