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We love Maine, but we know that winter driving in our state can be especially tough.   With the challenges of winter headed our way, we should all take a moment to remember these 5 Maine driving safety tips to prepare for the months ahead.

Tune Up – Make sure your vehicle’s maintenance is up-to-date and your tires are in good condition. Having your car or truck inspected by a mechanic before the snow and ice arrive can prevent headaches or worse this winter.

Buckle up – Start every trip, whether across town or cross country, by putting the seat belt on and making sure all passengers are secured. Although seat belt use has increased in Maine, there are still too many people who ignore the documented safety benefits and refuse to buckle up. Wearing a seat belt makes common sense, and it’s the law.

Slow Down – Take it easy on Maine roads this winter. Getting to your destination in one piece is far more important than shaving off a minute or two by exceeding the speed limit and running red lights. Don’t take chances—speed limits are established with safety in mind.

Stock Up – Make sure your vehicle is equipped with supplies that can save your life if you break down. If you already keep supplies, take time to double check that they’re in good condition. In addition to jumper cables, basic tools, a flashlight, reflectors, a first-aid kit and windshield wiper fluid—items for all seasons—consider adding the following:

  • Sturdy ice scraper with brush and collapsible shovel;
  • Blanket and warm clothes, including a hat and gloves;
  • A container of sand or cat litter;
  • Bottled water and supply of high-calorie food, such as granola bars or candy;
  • Antifreeze and a container of de-icer;
  • Empty gas container; and
  • Extra batteries for your flashlight.

Stay Informed – Keep up on weather reports and travel conditions. Plan accordingly. Never take chances when the forecast calls for snow, mixed precipitation or severe temperatures. Put trips on hold and enjoy the weather from a safe vantage point.

If we follow these tips and recommendations, everyone will be safer and more secure on Maine’s roads and highways in the coming months. And we’ll all be able to enjoy the spectacular beauty and array of outdoor activities Maine offers in the winter.

Driving Safety Tips Courtesy of Maine.gov

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