How to Drive Safely in Winter Weather
Wintertime can be scary if you have to drive a lot. Conditions get nasty and it seems like many drivers forget how to drive in the snow and ice each year. That’s why we wanted to make sure that you have the tips you need to avoid a winter accident.
Here are our winter driving tips.
Winter Driving Tips
- Don’t drive unless you must. The easiest way to avoid an accident is to not drive at all. If road conditions are bad, try not to drive in them. Going to see that movie or getting groceries can always be done another day.
- Drive slowly. Low traction is the name of the game when it comes to winter weather. The easiest way to combat traction loss is to be moving as slow as possible without endangering other drivers. Quick changes of direction should also be avoided.
- Accelerate slowly and brake early. Quick acceleration can result in wheel spin and slippage. Similarly, late and heavy breaking will result in skidding. Give yourself extra distance to come to a stop.
- Don’t stop/accelerate on hills. Going up or down a hill can spell doom quickly. Hills get icy and slick easily. Trying to stop will likely end in you sliding in the direction of the slope. If you’re having trouble ascending, shift into a lower gear and drive at a slow and steady pace.
- Give other cars more space. Losing traction on a deserted road is bad enough. Losing traction right behind another vehicle can be disastrous. More distance can mitigate damage and injuries, or even prevent them altogether.
- Use winter tires. Winter tires can be expensive. However, many places run specials on tires right before winter, cutting the cost significantly. While $600+ may be a steep investment, it’s much cheaper than the medical bills, repair costs, and increased insurance premiums that often result from accidents. Plus, winter tires last for multiple years thanks to only being used for a few months out of each year.