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Tips for Driving in the Snow

By: StaffPublished September 28, 2021

Snow Driving Tip #1: Stay Home. Seriously.

The best advice is to stay off the roads. When roads are icy and snowy, avoid making unnecessary trips in your car. The less time you spend on the road when it's snowing, the smaller the chances are of you getting into an accident.

Snow Driving Tip #2: Clear The Snow From Your Car.

While this may seem obvious, this is a rule that too many drivers ignore. Don't be content with simply wiping away a strip of snow from your windshield. Instead, to ensure optimal visibility, clear the snow from every window as well as the headlights, taillights and side mirrors. The snow that has collected on the roof and windshield of your car will also affect visibility. So it is best to take the time to remove this as well.

Snow Driving Tip #3: Go Ahead And Practice.

If you are an inexperienced driver, or if this is the first snowfall of the year, consider taking a moment to practice in an empty parking lot. This helps you get a feel for how the vehicle will handle, stop and start during slippery conditions.

Snow Driving Tip #4: Go Slow, Go Steady.

It’s better to arrive late than not at all. So don't be in a hurry, even if other vehicles are speeding on past you. Remember that rapid movements lead to skids and loss of control. Counter this by concentrating on making sure every movement is slow and fluid.

Snow Driving Tip #5: Make Room, Make Room.

Simply put, when the road is slick, stopping can take more time than you suspect. To avoid ramming the car in front of you, be sure to allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the other cars on the road.

Snow Driving Tip #6: Scan The Road Ahead.

Road conditions can deteriorate quickly, and black ice can be next to impossible to spot.  Don’t let a clear road lull you into a false sense of security. By continually scanning the road ahead, you can anticipate any trouble spots and put yourself in the best position to successfully maneuver through any situation.

Snow Driving Tip #7: Go Easy on the Pedal.

This includes both the gas and the brake pedal. When braking, start your stop earlier than normal. This will allow you to gently push the gas pedal, which can offer valuable insight into how the car is responding to any slippery road conditions.

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