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Staying safe on Ohio roads this winter

Winter presents a host of challenges and risks for Ohio drivers. Visibility can suffer due early nightfall, fogged windows and blowing snow. Roads can be incredibly icy; cars can get stuck or may not start.

With these and other hazards that come with winter driving, it is crucial for motorists to be prepared. Below are some important winter preparedness tips.

Driving safely

It is crucial for drivers to drive slowly and remain alert when the roads are bad. Put your phone down, but consider keeping it within reach should you need to call for help. You should also clear your car completely of snow before heading out, and make sure you let someone know where you are going if you are taking a longer trip.

What to have in your car

Every car owner in Ohio should have some basic accessories for winter driving. This includes:

  • An ice scraper and snow brush
  • Jumper cables
  • Extra battery
  • First aid kit
  • Cat litter or sand
  • A blanket
  • A flashlight
  • A small shovel

If you are taking a longer car trip, you should also consider packing:

  • A portable charger for your phone
  • Emergency snacks
  • Extra boots, gloves and hats
  • A map
  • A small gas can

These supplies can help you take care of yourself and get help if you find yourself stranded or stuck on the side of the road.

What to do in the event of an accident

If you are involved in an accident, it is crucial that you call for help right away. This is especially important if you or others have injuries. Being in the cold can exacerbate some injuries and cause others.

You should also always stop and exchange contact and insurance information with other drivers after a collision. Even if the accident is minor, checking in with each other and making sure everyone can leave the scene safely is vital in the winter time.

If you are in a solitary crash, you should turn on your hazards and do everything you can to make your vehicle and yourself visible to others.

Accidents can be very frightening, especially when they occur in frigid winter weather. However, with some basic preparation, drivers can be better equipped to survive a winter crash.