With ice and snow in this week’s forecast, AAA encourages drivers to plan ahead for safe driving in wintry weather.

“Be aware of your surroundings and listen to weather and traffic conditions in places that you will be traveling to,” urges Lori Cook, AAA East Central Safety Advisor. “Make sure you leave yourself enough time so that you will not feel hurried or take unnecessary chances. Avoid driving in icy conditions.”

A job and other commitments may make it impossible to avoid driving in hazardous conditions so preparation before the journey is important to your safety. AAA offers the following tips for getting ready for winter driving:

  • Make sure windows are free of dirt and grime and keep your windshield wiper reservoir full at all times. Use a winter cleaning solution with antifreeze components to keep the washer fluid from freezing.
  •  Clean your headlights so that you can see and be seen by others.
  • Inflate your tires to the manufacturer’s specifications and be sure they have plenty of tread for proper traction.

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