Wing Safety offers winter driving safety tips

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  • By Master Sgt. Joe Klimaski
  • 445th Airlift Wing Occupational Safety & Health

Operating a vehicle can be one of the riskiest things we do each day. Compound this with the dangers of winter weather hazards, and it can be costly.

Since most of us will most likely travel at some point this winter, here are a few winter weather driving tips to help reduce risks associated with winter driving.

- Each time you’re behind the wheel, practice defensive driving, stay hands free with your phone, and never drink and drive.

- Inspect your tires monthly and before long road trips. Check your tire pressure and check for wear and tear. Replace tires when needed, and don’t forget about your spare tire.

- Take note of your battery’s health. Cold weather significantly reduces battery life and can leave you stranded. Have your battery tested and replaced when needed. Also, hybrid and electric vehicles are sus­ceptible to less-than-anticipated battery performance. Check with your manufacture on bat­tery life expectancy.

- Keep your cool, but don’t freeze. Check your vehicle's coolant for prop­er levels and have your vehicle ser­viced as needed. Some coolants are only designed for warmer weather, so keep that in mind. Additionally, make sure all other fluids are topped off regularly.

- Drive slowly and allow time to safely manager road conditions. Even if snow isn’t present, black ice can form. Keep your focus when driving, maintain situa­tional awareness, and allow for extra-spacing between other vehicles.

For more info contact wing safety at (937) 257-5767.