Driving in the Cold and Snow

With cold and snow on the way later this week, the EPPD would like to remind motorists of a few tips to help keep everyone on the roads safe.

  • Consider equipping your vehicle with winter tires. Not only do they have a tread design that is optimal for snow, the rubber compound is designed to perform better in cold temperatures on all road surfaces.
  • Make sure your mobile phone is fully charged and you have a phone charger that plugs into your car.
  • Keep the following items in your car: ice and snow scraper, shovel, blanket, extra hats, mittens and boots, flashlight, food/candy bars, road flares, and sand or kitty litter for traction.
  • Keep your gas tank at least half-full.
  • Increase your following distance and make turns slowly and gradually.
  • If the rear of your car starts to slide, turn into the direction of the skid and steer the car in the direction you want to go. Expect a second skid as the car straightens out and be prepared to counter this sliding action.
  • Be patient when encountering snowplows on the road. Stay 5-10 car lengths behind them, far from the snow cloud.
  • Stay in your vehicle if you get stuck and call 911. Walking in a storm is very dangerous. Your vehicle provides good shelter.