Safety Tips for Driving During Winter Weather

With everything from snow to frigid temperatures, winter weather is in full effect for St. Louis.

We’ve put together a list of things to keep in mind to help keep you safe on the roads. Driving in snowy, slippery, or icy conditions is certainly not ideal, but these tips should help!

  • Have a winter kit in your car. Your kit should include extra blankets/clothing, first-aid kit, flashlight (with spare batteries), bag of sand/salt, ice scraper, and a small snow shovel.
  • Remove all snow and ice. Before you hit the road, make sure your entire car is free of any snow or ice, including your roof, hood, headlights, brake lights, and license plate. Snow and ice flying off your car will not only put you at danger, but can also endanger other vehicles on the road.
  • Turn your headlights on. Visibility can be difficult during snowy or overcast weather and you want to make sure other vehicles see you coming.
  • Keep your gas tank at least half full. f your car ever breaks down, you want to make sure you have plenty of gas to provide heat while you wait for help. (You can run your car heater for 10 minutes every hour to keep warm.)
  • Be cautious on bridges and overpasses. The first roadways to ice over and become slick are bridges and overpasses due to being exposed to the elements from all angles.
  • Check your wiper blades. Good visibility is one of the most important things you can do to stay safe while driving during snowy conditions. Also, check to make sure you have plenty of washer fluid as well in case you need to clean your windows.
  • Do not pass snow plows or salt/sand trucks. The drivers of these vehicles tend to have limited visibility. Odds are the road conditions ahead of them are worse than behind them, so keep your distance and be extra cautious.

Most importantly, if you don’t have to go out during bad weather – DON’T! It’s best to wait the storm out and allow time for the snow plows to do their job. Even if you own a 4 wheel drive vehicle or a large SUV, don’t attempt to battle the weather if you don’t have to. We hope these tips keep you and your passengers safe during winter weather!