A wintry storm that hit parts of the southwest and southern plains over the weekend is being blamed for at least 10 traffic fatalities so far, CNN reports. Snow and freezing rain are in the holiday forecast for many states.
Because many drivers may be unprepared for this early blast of winter, here are five winter driving tips to help keep you and your family safe:
Don't tailgate and don't speed. In other words, always drive safely, especially because there's bound to be more holiday traffic. Rain, snow, and ice will only make matters worse by giving you less time to hit the brakes.
Keep a winter supply kit on hand. Make sure you have the proper supplies loaded up in your car for winter driving. This can include blankets, food provisions, flares, and even snow chains if you're in a mountainous area.
Watch out for others. Sure, you're reading this blog post and preparing for the worst -- but many other drivers aren't. Driving in wintry conditions may be new for some drivers, so be aware of this and drive with extra caution.
Careful around snowplows and road crews. Similar to law-enforcement vehicles, you may run into snowplows and road crews attempting to make the roads safer for your drive. Be sure to slow down, especially in construction zones where fines may be doubled.
Prevent a holiday DUI. There are other ways to celebrate Thanksgiving, but if you are going to be tossing back a few libations, make sure you plan for a ride home. There's nothing worse than a potential DUI arrest to ruin the holidays for you.