Columbia police offer safety tips to weather the winter
The Columbia Police Department has been offering tips on its Facebook Page to help residents weather the winter.
When it comes to winter driving, police want to make sure that cars are functional and prepared for ice and snow.
Authorities reminded drivers to remove ice and snow from the windshield, windows, mirrors and steps. They've also recommended to check windshield wipers to make sure they can successfully sweep off snow. CPD suggested using washer anti-freeze to prevent the washer liquid from freezing.
Police emphasize to make sure that lights and reflectors are clean and working.
Another important factor is making sure there are enough tread on all four tires. They need traction to push a car over wet pavement and through snow.
Police also offered driving tips.
CPD reminds drivers to turn as gently as possible. They said to increase the turning radius since there is a lack of grip on frozen roads. Turning too small can cause the car itself to lose its grip of the road.
Officers also emphasize to be careful about braking hard.
When it comes to worrying about others on the road, slow and steady is the key. Keeping a distance from pedestrians or cyclists prevents accidents. At red lights or obstructions police emphasize slowing down and keeping extra distance between cars.
In the case of an emergency, CPD also reminds drivers to keep a winter travel kit in the car. The recommended items are a small shovel, jumper cables, a flashlight, extra batteries, kitty litter, tow strap, sleeping bag, boots, extra clothes, non-perishable food, water, an ice scraper, first aid kit and flares.