Ice Ice Baby: Car Safety in Winter Weather

  • Check your tire pressure, oil levels, and wiper fluids regularly–especially right before a snowstorm.
  • Make sure you have plenty of fuel at all times.
  • Consider adding towing coverage to your policy. (Especially if you don’t already have a roadside assistance service, like AAA.)
  • Winter apparel (extra gloves, hats, or scarves may come in handy)
  • Blanket
  • Flashlight (with batteries)
  • Jumper cables
  • Ice scraper or small shovel
  • Salt or de-ice
  • Extra oil and windshield wiper fluid
  • Wireless phone charger


Practice safe driving.

  • Check road conditions before driving. Allow yourself plenty of time to get to your destination.
  • If you must drive in hazardous conditions, make sure to let someone know where you’re going and shoot them a text once you’ve arrived.
  • Always, always, ALWAYS wear a seat belt, whether you’re a driver or a passenger.
  • Accelerate and break slowly.
  • If you find yourself in a skid, ease your foot off the gas slowly and turn toward the direction you want to front of the vehicle to be facing. Don’t touch either pedal until you’ve gained control of your car again.
  • Remain calm. If you’re nervous about driving in winter weather, take a day to practice in an empty parking lot.


If you have questions about extra coverages that could protect you and your vehicle in inclement weather, feel free to contact an independent agent. To view your current policy, visit the Brown-Phillips Customer Service page found here and on our website.