Winter Driving Safety

Cold weather has arrived in much of the country.  Many motorists will now be forced to contend with ice, snow, sleet, freezing rain, and worse.  Remember, the safest thing a driver can do when contending with inclement weather is slow down and be patient.

Allow plenty of time to arrive at your destination.

Don’t rush. Be sure to plan your route and inform other of your anticipated arrival time.

Slow down!

It is much more difficult to maneuver in snow and ice, so be sure to make any moves very slowly.  Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best way to regain traction and avoid skids.

Leave plenty of following distance.

Cars and motorcycles usually need at least 3 seconds to come to a complete stop on dry pavement.  With that in mind, leave yourself at least 10 seconds to come to a halt when driving on snow and ice covered roads. It is wise to be about 20 seconds behind the car in front of you so you have time to react in the event of a sudden stop.

Don’t power up hills.

Applying your foot to the accelerate only spins your wheels.  Get a little momentum going when approaching a hill and have that momentum carry you to the top.

If you’re going up a hill, keep moving!

It can be difficult to get your car moving when stopped on an icy hillside.  Apply steady pressure to the gas pedal to keep your wheels from spinning and to help counteract gravity.

Keep an eye on your tires.

As a rule of thumb, the more tread depth your tires have the more traction you will have on icy roadways. Keep in mind that tire pressure decreases by about one pound per square inch for every 10 degree drop in temperature.  Tom Brady knows.

Avoid using cruise control.

Even roads that appear completely clear can still be covered in treacherous black ice. Tapping the brakes to deactivate cruise control can cause you to lose control of the vehicle

Turn on your headlights.

Keep your headlights on, even during the day.  Snow and overcast conditions can severely limit visibility.


Obviously, the most important tip to keep in mind is to practice common sense.  Heed all emergency warnings and be patient when reaching your destination.  Stay warm out there!

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