Now that winter is officially in full swing, it is important to remember some winter driving safety tips. This article from Ford offers a list of driving safety Do’s and Don’ts so you stay safe on the roads this season.

DO allow a few minutes to brush and scrape your vehicle. Clearing windows is crucial for visibility and removing snow or ice from the top of your car will spare cars behind you.
DON’T forget to clean snow and ice off your headlights and taillights as well.

DO use winterized windshield wiper fluid to make sure your wiper sprayer doesn’t freeze over or crack.
DON’T try to melt ice from your windshield by pouring hot water on it– this can crack the windshield.

DO wash your car regularly to remove salt and dirt.
DON’T let salt and dirt prematurely age the body of your vehicle by neglecting to wash it.

DO maintain at least half a tank of gas to prevent stranding yourself in adverse conditions.
DON’T forget to check that all fluids are at proper levels and ensure all tires, including the spare, have the required pressure and tread.

DO prepare your car for an emergency with an emergency kit.
DON’T forget the kitty litter or sand, which can be used to provide added traction if your car becomes stuck in the snow.

DO apply even pressure when braking in slick conditions if your vehicle is equipped with anti-lock brakes.
DON’T become overconfident in snowy and slippery road conditions and always test road conditions with cautious driving.

DO turn the steering wheel in the direction of the slide when driving on snowy or icy roads until you gain control.
DON’T apply power or change directions suddenly on snow or ice.

DO make sure you are awake and alert behind the wheel.
DON’T drink and drive. If you think you will drink, arrange for alternate transportation ahead of time.