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Advice for safe winter travels

Snow tires are essential for safe winter driving. Courtesy image

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Last month's snow flurries are a reminder that winter is near. As the cold season sets in, it's a good idea to winterize the car. To ensure reliable and safe driving during the cold months, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

  • Have your car's engine oils, fluids, battery, and windshield wipers inspected and, if required, serviced.
  • Inspect the tires to ensure they are inflated to the correct pressure, which is indicated on the plate inside the vehicle's doorjamb. An inspection of the tire tread is also warranted. To do so, insert a penny, head first, between them.  If you can see the top of Lincoln's head, it's time for new tires.
  • Monitor the weather forecast and road conditions, to include chain and tire requirements.  Allow for extra travel time.
  • Watch your speed.  Cars don't stop quickly in rain or on snow.  Slow and easy does it, and never use cruise control on wet or icy pavement.
  • Carry a safety kit in the car.  Basic items to include are flashlights, a first-aid kit, water and snacks.  Extra warm clothes, gloves, blankets, a small shovel and some sand or kitty litter are good ideas, too.
  • Stay alert. Driving drowsy is never good and is a significant factor in crashes and traffic fatalities. Get plenty of sleep, and take a break from driving every two hours. If you start to doze off, find a safe place to pull over or find lodging.
  • Do not drink and drive.  Designate a non-drinking driver before attending a gathering where alcohol is served. In Washington, driving while impaired by alcohol, marijuana or any other drug, legal or illegal, can result in a DUI conviction, to say nothing of personal or property damages.

Drive smart and carefully during this winter season.

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