SafeBee's Top Winter Safety Tips

10 surprising ways to beat the elements and sidestep a slip, injury or accident
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Winterize your ride

The National Highway Traffic Safety Association recommends taking these steps well before the first flurry.

  • Have your car checked thoroughly for fluid leaks and make any necessary repairs or replacements.
  • Have your battery checked to make sure it has enough voltage to start the car in cold weather. Be sure the connections are tight and free of corrosion.
  • Make sure your car has enough coolant to withstand winter temperatures. If your engine cooling system hasn't been flushed in several years, have it done now.
  • Make sure your windshield wipers and defrosters work properly. Fill the windshield washer reservoir with high-quality "no-freeze" washer fluid.
  • Check your tire pressure. Tire pressure drops as the temperature drops, and underinflated tires are a major cause of tire failure.

Make sure tires are appropriate for winter driving in your area. If you regularly encounter drive in snow, consider snow tires.