Winter Driving Advice for Teens
- Ask yourself
- Do I really need to be driving today/tonight? Are the road conditions within my experience? Is my vehicle ready for winter driving?
- Tell your parents your route(s) and if plans change, let them know.
- Clear all snow and ice from all windows, lights, hood, heater and air inlet vents, mirrors and wipers.
In Idaho, winter months had the highest number of crashes in 2006 and most fatal crashes occurred on Fridays and Saturdays.
- Why teens crash
- Driving too fast for weather conditions
- Distractions from passengers in the vehicle, talking on the cell phone and texting
- Following too close
- Neglecting stop signs and traffic signals
- Not enough driving experience
- If you have trouble
- Stay with your vehicle if you are stuck in the snow or slide off the road
- Tie something bright to your antenna and keep the interior light dome light on
- Run the engine at short intervals but crack the windows to avoid carbon monoxide fumes ( make sure vehicle exhaust pipes and vents are clear of snow and ice