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Tips for Driving Safely in Winter Weather Conditions

Cars driving on a highway are stuck in traffic because of a snowstorm.

We all know that winter weather can cause hazardous road conditions. Whether snow, sleet, or ice, preparing yourself – and your vehicle – for the winter weather is vital to making winter driving as easy as possible. We found a few tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for winter weather driving.

The Basics

Most importantly, slow down! Controlling or stopping your vehicle on a slick or snow-covered surface is more challenging. Increase the distance between you and others ahead so you have plenty of time to stop your car. 

Also, don’t crowd a snow plow or travel beside the truck. Snow plows travel slowly, make wide turns, stop often, overlap lanes, and exit the road frequently. If you find yourself behind a snow plow, stay far enough behind it and use caution if you pass the plow.

What to Do in an Emergency?

If your car gets stopped or stalled, be sure to focus on you and your surroundings. Here are a few pointers to keep in mind:

  • Stay in your vehicle, and don’t overexert yourself. 
  • Let your vehicle be seen. Turn on your emergency flashers, put bright markers on the antenna or windows, and keep the interior dome light on. 
  • Be mindful of carbon monoxide poisoning. Ensure your exhaust pipe is clear of snow, and run your car just long enough to stay warm. Don’t run your car for long periods with the windows up or in an enclosed space.

Prepare Your Vehicle 

  • Check your headlights, brake lights, turn signals, emergency flasher, and interior lights. 
  • During the winter, you can quickly go through windshield wiper fluid. Be sure to fill your reservoir with “winter” fluid with de-icer before winter snowfall. Also, check your windshield wipers to see if they need to be replaced. Consider heavy-duty windshield wipers!
  • Make sure your vehicle has enough coolant. If not, check the cooling system for leaks, test the coolant, and drain or replace the old coolant. 
  • Also, it is always a good idea to visit your mechanic to check your vehicle for the basics –  oil changes, tire rotations, leaks, and any need for replacements or repairs.

Lastly, before you go out, make sure you gas up, stock your car with essential items – like ice scrapers and emergency kit, and plan your route.  

As always, ensure you are safe when driving in extreme winter weather. Go slow and be aware of your surroundings and other vehicles! 


Insurance Information Institute. (2020). Driving in winter? Be prepared and stay safe | III.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. (2022). Winter Weather Driving Tips | NHTSA.

Service Spotlight: Roof Leak or Not Roof Leak?

Every month the CEI service team (with the help of marketing) puts out a monthly newsletter. Which involves their service spotlight. This gives information and guidance to our customers on major roof topic, reminders throughout the year on maintenance and tips and tricks to keeping their buildings up and running. If you would like to sign-up for this monthly e-newsletter, just click here. 
There is a lot of hardware located in between your ceiling and your roof in your building. Not just insulation and ventilation but heating and cooling, water pipes and much more. Often times when a leak starts coming through the ceiling, no matter how big or small, we are quick to assume something is wrong with the roof. Yet, more often than not the cause of the leak is something entirely different. In fact, some records indicate that only 25% of building leaks are attributed to the actual roof.
Other factors that could contribute to a leak could be:
– Plumbing
– Duct Work
-Window/ door seals
-Block Walls
So how should you approach your leak situation? The first step is to CALL! CEI is a roofing company that is staffed with trained and experienced techs that have helped stop the most difficult of leaks; both roof and non-roof related.
We will help you by setting up an inspection to see where your leak is coming from. Then, we will share our knowledge from the inspection with you, the building owner or operator and give you the best advice for taking care of the problem. We take into consideration not only the roof but the rooftop equipment and the building envelope. CEI can be your first person to call to identify the source of your leak issue. It all just starts with a phone call.

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