Tips for Driving in the Snow
If you’ve ever driven in the snow before, you know what a challenge it can be. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, unfavorable weather and slushy road conditions prompt close to half a million wrecks and over 2,000 road fatalities each winter.
If you’re new to driving in the snow, it’s a good idea to read up on winter travel safety techniques.
Driving on Snowy or Icy Roads
Don’t drive if you don’t have to. If you can avoid driving in icy or snowy conditions, then you should. Only take your vehicle out when it’s completely necessary.
Drive slow. The slower you go, the more traction your vehicle has. If it’s necessary to come to a crawl in order to avoid sliding, do it.
Accelerate and decelerate with care. Slowly press your foot to the gas in order to regain traction and avoid sliding. Take the extra time to slow down when you are coming to a stop since it takes much longer to slow down on snowy and icy roads.
Leave more space. In snowy and icy conditions, it’s a good idea to leave a football field’s distance between your car and the one in front of you. That way, you have plenty of time to slow down or stop if needed.
Press the brake pedal with care. You should know whether you have antilock brakes or not. Either way, make sure your heel remains on the floor while you use the ball of your foot to employ firm, steady pressure on your brake pedal.
Don’t stop if you don’t have to. Stopping in snowy and icy conditions is not easy. If you’re able to slow your vehicle down enough to continue rolling until a traffic light turns green, do so.
Don’t use extra force going uphill. Your wheels will spin if you attempt to press harder on the gas pedal while you’re going uphill. It’s a better idea to gain some speed before the hill and travel at a constant speed once you’re on the hill. When you reach the top of the hill, take your foot off the gas so you slow down while driving downhill.
Don’t stop going uphill. Starting again after stopping on a snowy or icy hill is almost impossible. Avoid stopping while driving uphill at all costs. Gain enough speed to get up the hill while you’re on a flat surface.
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