Dress in warm layers of clothing. Wear water proof footwear and warm socks. Be sure no skin is exposed to the cold when the wind chill temperature is very low.
The best advice for driving in bad winter weather is not to drive at all, if you can avoid it.
Don’t go out until the snow plows and sanding trucks have had a chance to do their work, and allow yourself extra time to reach your destination.
If you must drive in snowy conditions, make sure your car is prepared and that you know how to handle road conditions. Here are some suggestions for making sure you and your car are ready for winter:
Always check road conditions before traveling. Most highways and their driving conditions are tracked by the Iowa Department of Transportation. This includes a graded system (good conditions, partially wet, snow covered, ice covered) and you can see the conditions yourself by viewing fixed camera feeds that are placed on highways. See more at: http://lb.511ia.org/ialb/winterdriving/routeselect.jsf
It’s helpful to practice winter driving techniques in a snowy, open parking lot, so you’re familiar with how your car handles. Consult your owner’s manual for tips specific to your vehicle.
Be prepared with a “survival kit” that should always remain in the car. Replenish after use. Essential supplies include:
In addition, if you are driving long distances under cold, snowy, and icy conditions, you should also carry supplies to keep you warm such as heavy woolen mittens, socks, a cap and blankets. Avoid driving long distances during the night, it tends to be colder and the roads are harder to see.
If you have access to a television or computer, it would be beneficial to check the weather daily. This will allow you to prepare for any severe weather that may occur the next day.
Do not leave your car unless you know exactly where you are, how far it is to help, and are certain you will improve your situation. The chances of somebody finding you are better than you venturing out on your own and possibly getting lost.