Wednesday, January 3, 2024

Safe Driving Tips for Winter

Snow. Icy streets and sidewalks. Fewer daylight hours. Winter can be an especially dangerous time for travelers. That means everyone has to be extra cautious — especially drivers. 

Follow these safety tips to stay safe this winter:


  • Slow Down for Safety — Give yourself plenty of time to stop and maneuver when road conditions are poor. Take it slow.
  • Stop for Pedestrians, it's the law – During the hustle and bustle of the holidays it can be easy to rush around. But don’t speed through crosswalks when pedestrians have the right of way, you could wind up facing fines and points on your license -- or worse, causing a fatal crash.
  • Avoid distractions – Put your phone away when you're behind the wheel. Keeping your eyes on the road will save lives.
  • Remove Snow and Ice – Keep windows and mirrors clean and always clear snow from your vehicle. In New Jersey it’s illegal to drive with snow on the top of your vehicle. Snow falling from vehicles can be dangerous for pedestrians and other drivers.
  • Drive Sober – Driving under the influence is never worth the risk regardless of weather conditions. The life you save could be your own.
  • Cross in Crosswalks and at Intersections When Possible — Crossing between parked vehicles or where prohibited may inhibit a driver’s ability to see you.
  • Avoid Distractions – Watching where you’re walking can help you avoid ice. Always look before stepping into the road to cross.
  • Wait For the Walk – Don’t risk getting hit by a vehicle that doesn’t expect you to be in the crosswalk when you don’t have the right of way.
  • Look Before Crossing – Wintry weather can decrease visibility. Look left, then right, then left again before crossing. Be cautious when crossing driveways or alleys.
  • Walk Sober – Drinking slows your reflexes and can affect your ability to walk. 
  • Use Lights – Shorter days mean decreased visibility. New Jersey requires bicycles to be equipped with front and rear lights when in use at night.
  • Check the Weather – Avoid riding in heavy snow and ice if possible. Try to wait until roads and paths are clear enough to travel safely.
  • Keep Your Distance – Ride at least a car door width away from parked cars.
  • Protect Your Head – A winter hat may keep you warm, but it won’t help you if you fall. Make sure you always wear your helmet.
  • Bike Sober – Avoid drinking and riding, you could hurt yourself or someone else.
  • Check Your Tires – Temperature changes can affect tire pressure. Ensure your tires are properly inflated before heading out for a ride.