The Centers for Disease Control reminds us that “Taking preventive action is your best defense against having to deal with extreme cold-weather conditions.”

Snow storms, cold snaps, and arctic intrusions — they’re all just part of the scenery at this time of year. Here are some expert tips from the CDC on what you can do in advance to keep your winter weather event “adventure” more manageable:

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If you are a professional road warrior who drives for a living, be sure to look into the winter driving courses from Summit Training Source:

Winter Driving

Our expert stunt drivers demonstrate safe driving techniques during inclement weather conditions. This program includes:

  • Following and stopping distance
  • Braking and skid control
  • Driving on inclines
  • Braking safely
  • Parking lots and potential hazards
  • Vehicle maintenance and inspection

Winter Driving Techniques (Valley Video)

This “how to” video discusses techniques for negotiating hills, handling skids, getting vehicles out of snow and avoiding collisions.

Winter Driving: Weather the Road

Even for experienced drivers, winter makes driving much more dangerous with snowy, slushy, or icy roads accounting for 24 percent of weather-related car accidents. Prepare your drivers to tackle cold temperatures, limited visibility, and slippery roads with Summit’s engaging DVD training program Winter Driving: Weather the Road, which covers:

  • Preparing for Winter
  • Before You Drive
  • Winter Driving Techniques

Hypothermia: Cold Weather Prevention

The award-winning program features contractors, maintenance workers, operators, and utility and delivery workers, the program creates an awareness and respect for the hazards associated with overexposure. This comprehensive program covers:

  • What hypothermia is
  • Symptoms of hypothermia
  • Preventive measures
  • Treatment procedures

Hypothermia (Valley Video)

How to recognize the early warning signs of hypothermia and prevent it from happening in the first place.

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