Department of Transportation

Driving Tips

Prepare Your Vehicle

Check tire tread and tire pressure
Check your battery
Fill up on windshield washer fluid
Make sure your windshield wipers are in good condition

Staying Safe on the Roads

Clear snow & ice from all windows and lights
Buckle up, it's the law!
Just drive. Avoid distractions behind the wheel
Slow down! It takes longer to stop, accelerate, and turn on snow covered roads
Leave extra space between your vehicle and other vehicles around you
Do not use cruise control
Don't crowd the plow. Keep back at least 100 feet

Have a Roadside Safety Kit on Hand

Ice scraper
Jumper cables
Tow rope
Flashlight & batteries
Reflective warning triangle & safety vest
Gloves,winter hat, & other warm clothing
Blanket
Hand warmers
First aid kit
Water & snacks
Sand or kitty litter for traction, in case you get stuck in snow
Shovel

Know Before You Go!

Check road conditions before you head out...
Dial 5-1-1 from a landline or cellphone
Log onto www.wv511.org for traffic information, road conditions, and weather information
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