ASHI and MEDIC First Aid Blog

December 22, 2020

Winter Road Safety Tips

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death in the U.S., killing over 100 people every day. And, with the holiday season in full swing, more families are traveling to visit loved ones or using quick car trips to safely get out of the house during this COVID-19 pandemic.

So, it’s important drivers and their passengers are prepared for adverse weather conditions and stay vigilant when on the road.

The AAA Exchange recommends the following cold weather driving tips:

  • Keep a bundle of cold-weather gear in your car. This includes items like extra food and water, warm clothing, a flashlight, a glass scraper, blankets, medications, and more.

  • Make certain your tires are properly inflated and have plenty of tread.

  • Keep at least half a tank of fuel in your vehicle at all times.

  • Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.

  • Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface. This includes ice and snow.

  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Apply the gas slowly to regain traction and avoid skids. Keep in mind that it takes longer to slow down on icy roads.

  • If you get stuck in the snow, stay with your vehicle. Your vehicle provides temporary shelter and makes it easier for rescuers to locate you.

Here are some additional road safety tips provided by the CDC:

  • Remove bulky coats before placing children underneath a car seat harness. Bulky clothing makes it difficult to tighten a car seat harness properly. And a loose harness can lead to serious injuries or ejection from the seat during a crash.

  • Check weather conditions for your driving route before leaving. Drive at a speed that is safe for the road and weather conditions that you’re experiencing.

  • Don’t drive when impaired by alcohol or drugs (or ride with an impaired driver). Instead, designate a sober driver, use a ride share service or stay at home.

  • Avoid distractions while on the road. Don’t text, email or use social media if you’re driving. You can cover the entire length of a football field in the time it takes to close your eyes for just five seconds while going 55 miles per hour.

  • Use the holiday break to practice driving with your teen in different kinds of weather. Practicing in mild conditions can provide valuable driving experience for your teen. But you should avoid practicing in severe or dangerous weather.

As a reminder, holiday hours for our office and shipping are:

December 23, 2020 - Orders placed after 2:00 PM Central will not ship until 12/28/2020

December 25, 2020 - Closed

December 31, 2020 - Orders placed after 2:00 PM Central will not ship until 1/6/2021

January 1, 2021 – Closed




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