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Winter Vehicle Safety

Winter Weather Vehicle Safety Kit

Winter Weather Vehicle Safety Kit

Winter Weather Vehicle Safety Kit

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), most winter storm-related deaths are caused by vehicle accidents due to ice and snow. Indiana does not experience large winter storms every year, but it only takes a little ice or snow to make driving conditions hazardous. Getting your vehicle prepared before winter weather conditions occur will help make winter traveling safer and less stressful.

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Winter Vehicle Safety Tips

  • Winter Driving
    Vehicles in heavy snow

    Snowy and icy roadways during winter weather is a challenge even for the most experienced drivers. Before leaving home, check local news weather reports and the Indiana county travel status map for current travel conditions. As you drive on roadways, make sure you:

    • Drive below the posted speed limit and leave plenty of space between other vehicles.
    • Stay attentive and reduce speeds during times of limited visibility.
    • Do not tailgate or try to pass snowplows.
    • Allow for more braking time on slick and snowy roads.
    • Take it slow when approaching intersections, off-ramps and bridges in case of black ice.
    • Share your planned destination, route and expected arrival time with someone.
    • Keep windows, mirrors, headlights, taillights and brake lights clear of snow and ice.
  • Vehicle Emergency Kit
    Emergency kit items

    Getting stranded is a possibility when deciding to travel during winter weather conditions. Always keep an emergency kit in your vehicle that includes the following items:

    • Cat litter or a bag of sand (for better tire traction)
    • Extra blankets or a sleeping bag
    • First aid kit
    • Flashlight and extra batteries
    • Ice scraper and snow brush
    • Jumper cables
    • Non-perishable food
    • Portable phone charger
    • Shovel
    • Spare clothes, mittens, scarves and hats
    • Water
  • Mechanic's Checklist
    Mechanic holding a part under car hood

    It is important that your vehicle receives proper maintenance before winter weather arrives. Get your vehicle prepared for winter weather by having a mechanic inspect:

    • Antifreeze levels
    • Battery
    • Belts and hoses
    • Brakes
    • Defroster
    • Headlights, taillights and hazard lights
    • Heater
    • Oil
    • Tires
    • Windshield wipers


CARS Traffic Map (Indiana Department of Transportation)
INDOT Weather Stations (Indiana Department of Transportation) 
Winter Driving Safety Tips (Indiana Department of Transportation)
Winter Driving Tips (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
Winter Weather (Ready.gov)