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Spotlight: Winter Safety Tips

Vehicle Safety

  • Keep your gas tank full
  • Inspect your vehicle's anti-freeze, battery, brakes, brake fluid, defroster, heater, lights, motor oil, seat belts, tire pressure, windshield wiper fluid, and wiper blades
  • Check the weather forecast regularly
  • Store items in your vehicle that you may need in an emergency such as: food, water, gloves, boots, flashlight, batteries, blanket, medication, road flares, first aid kit window scraper/brush, jumper cables, emergency cash, small shovel, bag of sand or cat litter for tire traction
  • If your vehicle skids, push down hard on the brakes if you have anti-lock brakes (ABS) or pump the pedal if you do not have ABS
  • Watch for black ice, especially on bridges, off-ramps, and shady areas
  • Slow down ahead of curves and intersections
  • If you become stranded or stuck:
    • Try turning your wheels from side to side to push snow out of the way to get out of the snow.
    • If you cannot get your vehicle out of snow, or if you become stranded for another reason, stay in your vehicle and call 9-1-1 or signal to other motorists that you are stranded using flares, a flashlight, or a bright cloth tied to your antenna
    • Make sure to clear snow from your tailpipe to prevent carbon monoxide build-up inside your vehicle

Snow Plow Safety

  • Snow plows make wide turns and cannot easily see other vehicles, so please maintain a safe distance
  • Watch for snow, ice, and/or salt debris that may fall from snow plows

Click here more information about winter safety and the city's Snow & Ice Removal Program.