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Prepare your teen for winter driving

When winter weather strikes, harsh driving conditions present challenges to even the most experienced drivers.  Educating and helping to prepare your newly-licensed teen driver is crucial this time of year.  Take some time this season to make sure your teen is well prepared before hitting the road.   


  • Remind them to keep their gas tank close to full and to have a cell phone charger in their vehicle. 

  • Help your teen put together an emergency kit which includes blankets, a flashlight, emergency flares, water, nonperishable food items, a small shovel, sand or kitty litter, jumper cables and a snow brush and ice scraper. 

  • Make sure their tires are properly inflated.  Over- or under- inflated tires will not grip the road properly. 

  • Visibility is extremely important!  Invest in a pair of high-quality windshield wiper blades. 

  • Lastly, make sure your teen knows the importance of taking a few extra minutes to clear snow, ice and debris from all windows, lights and the roof of the vehicle.