Winter Moving Driving Tips
It’s no secret that winter driving can be hazardous. Driving a moving truck during the winter months can add in an extra set of dangers. Learn how to take the necessary precautions to protect you and your family during the move.
The Three P’s of Safe Winter Driving
OSHA breaks down safe winter driving tips into three categories: Prepare for the trip, Protect yourself, and Prevent crashes on the road.
- Ensure that the automobile you are driving is in tiptop shape. This means checking the battery, tire tread, and windshield wipers.
- Keep your windows clear so that you have good visibility. You can do this by putting no-freeze fluid in the washer reservoir.
- Stock up on emergency supplies like a flashlight, jumper cables, snow shovel, ice scraper, warning flare, batteries, and blankets.
- Kitty litter is useful to bring along in case you get stuck. You can spread it under your tires to give them some traction on snow and ice.
- Make your care visible to others by putting bright markers on the windows and shining a flashlight.
- It is best to stay in the car and wait for help. You don't want to be standing on the side of the road if another car loses control as they approach.
- Before you leave, plan your route. This means having an electronic and written version of your map. Google Maps is great, but if you don’t have cell service, it won't help you.
- If you are unsure about your winter driving or truck driving skills, practice. If you're still not confident in your ability, then it is probably time to hire a professional mover.
- Buckle yourself and your kids up.
- Children under 12 years old will be safer in the back seat.
- Do not place infants or babies in a seat in front of an airbag.
- With bad weather, a good rule of thumb is to slow down and increase the distance between you and other cars on the road.
- Get plenty of rest. An alert driver is more prepared to handle the challenges of winter driving.
For more safe winter driving tips see OSHA’s fact sheet.
Moving is an exciting time of life. Getting safely from point A to point B in the winter is the most important thing of all. If you have any more questions about moving, contact Amazing Moves and Storage.