A Word About Winter Driving

If your nanny drives your children especially during the winter, make sure that she is an experienced driver.

A good rule of thumb is always to be better safe than sorry.   If the weather is bad, don’t risk going out.

 If your sitter is a teenager or young adult, he or she likely has limited experience driving in bad conditions. Again, err on the side of caution.

Here are a few more tips.

Make Sure You Have Good Tires

Here's a simple trick to help you figure out if you need new tires: Place a penny into several tread grooves across the tire with Lincoln's head pointing into the groove. If Lincoln's head is fully visible, the treads are worn and the tires should be replaced.

Check Your Wiper Blades

They should completely clear the glass with each swipe. Replace any blade that leaves streaks or misses spots. For those expecting heavy snowfall this year, consider installing winter wiper blades, which consist of a rubber boot wrapping the blade frame to reduce ice and snow buildup that can often prevent good contact between the windshield and the wiper.

Beware of Ice

While snow might be on everybody's mind, ice is often the bigger issue and can impact the larger swath of the country. It often comes without much warning.  If ice starts to stick to your windshield or wipers, it's sticking to the road also.

Know that bridges and overpasses freeze up first, and you cannot drive on ice.  The best thing to do if you find yourself in that situation is drive at a reasonable speed. As you go across the bridge do not accelerate or hit the brakes.  Just try to coast across the bridge.

Have the Right Supplies

This almost goes without saying, but make sure you have a snow brush with a built-in ice scraper in your car.  When you get out there to brush off your windshield, be sure to clean off your headlights and your taillights so that people don't run into you and can see you well.

You never know how long you might be stuck in your car and in what conditions, even when only traveling short distances. Other emergency items you should have on-hand include:

A warm jacket

An extra jacket or wool blanket for passengers

A fully charged cell phone -- don't get in your car without one.

What are your rules for winter driving?

Tips and stories from parents and caregivers who’ve been there.

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