Here is a winter driving checklist from Bridgestone Firestone:
* Make sure your tires are properly inflated. Letting air out to drive in snow can reduce the gripping action of tires because the tread will not meet the road surface as it was designed to do. Overinflation has the same effect.
* Check your windshield wiper blades to make sure they work properly. In some areas, snow blades are an effective alternative to conventional wiper blades.
* Have your mechanic test the antifreeze/coolant to provide the correct level of protection.
* Keep your gas tank at least half-full. The extra volume can help reduce moisture problems within your fuel system. It also adds a margin of safety should you become stopped or stranded during your trip.
* Always drive with your lights on. Whenever daytime visibility is less than ideal, turning on your lights allows you to see and to be seen by others. Remember this rule of thumb: Wipers on, lights on.
* Keep your vehicle stocked with emergency equipment in case you get stalled or have an accident. Include items like a blanket or extra clothes; candle and matches; snacks; beverages (never alcohol); flares; CB radio, cellular phone; long jumper cables; small shovel; flashlight; windshield scraper; tow rope; and bag of sand or cat litter for traction.
For additional tips, visit www.tiresafety.com.