Winter Weather Guide: Driving tips, getting your car ready, plus the Snow Day Calculator

Winter is here and we want to make sure you have everything you need to get through the season.

Follow our Winter Weather Survival Guide, below:

GETTING YOU ROAD-READY: Are you and your car ready for the snowy, icy roads? Here are tips to keep you safe:

    • Check your battery, tire tread and pressure, windshield wipers and antifreeze
    • Carry emergency supplies like flashlights, a shovel, jumper cables, blankets and an ice scraper
    • Keep your gas tank full
    • Don’t drive using cruise control
    • Slow down and allow plenty of distance in front of you
    • Don’t rush. Check weather and traffic conditions ahead of time and leave early if necessary

(Courtesy: Ohio State Highway Patrol)

WINTERIZE YOUR CAR: Before you leave the house, you might want to double check your vehicle for the following items:

  • Mobile phone, charger, batteries
  • Blankets/sleeping bags
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • First Aid kit
  • Knife
  • High-calorie, non-perishable food
  • Extra clothing to keep dry
  • Large empty can to use as emergency toilet, tissues and paper towels for sanitary purposes
  • Small can and waterproof matches to melt snow for drinking water
  • Sack of sand or cat litter for traction
  • Shovel
  • Windshield scraper and brush
  • Tool kit
  • Tow rope
  • Battery booster cables
  • Water container
  • Candle and matches to provide light and in an emergency, lifesaving heat
  • Compass and road maps; don’t depend on mobile devices with limited battery life

Read more, here.

DRIVING TIPS:  Ohio.Gov offers the following tips for drivers who have to go out in the slippery weather:

Speed and Distance – The faster you’re going, the longer it will take to stop. When accelerating on snow or ice, take it slow to avoid slipping and sliding.

Limited Visibility – Stay attentive and reduce speed. Know what’s going on around you.

Brake – Brake early, brake slowly, brake correctly, and never slam on the brakes. If you have anti-lock brakes, press the pedal down firmly and hold it. If you don’t have anti-lock brakes, gently pump the pedal. Either way, give yourself plenty of room to stop..

Control – When driving on ice and snow, do not use cruise control and avoid abrupt steering maneuvers. When merging into traffic, take it slow. Sudden movements can cause your vehicle to slide.

Vision – Be aware of what’s going on well ahead of you. Actions by other vehicles will alert you to problems more quickly, and give you that split-second of extra time to react safely.

SNOW DAYS: FOX 8 is your official school closing station. You hear us say that every winter, but what does it mean?

It means you can count on us to bring you closings and delays first in several different ways:

You can also be the first to know when your child’s school closes for the day by having a text alert sent right to your phone. 

*GET LIST OF CLOSINGS WHEN THEY COME IN*

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**CLICK HERE FOR THE SNOW DAY CALCULATOR**

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