Weathering the Weather: Winter driving 101

Winter driving tips from the National Safety Council

With the impending winter weather set to blanket the area with an unknown amount of rain, then ice and finally, snow today, tonight and into tomorrow morning, staying safe is key. If you must be out, take a look at this infographic from the National Safety Council.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol suggests that if you get stuck in snow; make sure that your tail pipe is free of all snow and debris to decrease your chance of carbon monoxide poisoning.

All motorists are encouraged to prepare their vehicle for winter driving by ensuring that the battery, cooling system, tires, wipers and defrost are all in working order. Drivers are also encouraged to carry the following winter car kit items in their vehicle in case of a breakdown:

  • Cell phone and charger
  • Road flares or reflectors
  • Help or Call Police signs
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Blanket/Sleeping bag
  • Small shovel
  • Bottled water and energy foods
  • Candles and matches
  • Tow strap/chain

Up-to-the-minute road conditions are always available by logging onto the Ohio Department of Transportation’s website,