Data from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration indicates that Indiana is among the five states with the most winter-weather auto accidents on average. Becoming aware of the factors that lead to these collisions can help you prevent catastrophic injury.

Review these safety tips to reduce your chances of danger when inclement weather arises.

Prep your car

Avoid driving on a wintry day if your vehicle is not in tip-top shape. Make sure your car has:

  • Working wiper blades in good condition
  • Sufficient fluids, including windshield wiper fluid and antifreeze
  • Sufficient battery power
  • Sufficient tire pressure

Check the forecast

If at all possible, stay off the road if a storm is approaching. When you need to travel, leave enough time to reach your destination while remaining cautious. Always follow travel advisories issued by the county or state.

Adjust your speed

Speed limit signs apply to the best possible conditions. When you face limited visibility or wet and slick roads, stay safe by slowing down. Leave lots of space from the vehicle in front of you.

Pack an emergency kit

Despite your best efforts, you may get stranded in a bad snowstorm if conditions change rapidly. Stock your vehicle with:

  • An extra cell phone with a spare charger and battery
  • Road flares
  • Jumper cables
  • Blankets
  • Kitty litter or sand for traction
  • A snow shovel
  • A flashlight
  • An extra layer of clothing for each passenger
  • Water and nonperishable food, such as energy bars, for each passenger

We must work together to prevent significant winter weather incidents on the road. Keep these safety tips in mind as you plan your holiday trips.