Top Winter Driving Tips for Driving in the Snow
Winter can be a beautiful season. From watching the snow fall down into pillowy clouds to the serene quiet that appears after a storm, winter can be fun to watch. However, it is also one of the most dangerous seasons for driving. Between the snow and ice that ends up covering the road, we tend to see more accidents happen. Even if you’ve been driving for a while, it’s good to know the rules of driving in the snow. In this post, we’ve shared the top winter driving tips for driving in the snow. Keep reading to learn how you can stay safe this winter.
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Tips to Remember Before Going Out During Winter
- Drive, accelerate, and brake slowly. When driving on snow or ice, your vehicle does not have as much traction as usual. By driving, accelerating, and braking slowly, you can avoid losing control and hitting someone or something. This will also prevent skidding when taking off from a stop.
- Increase following distance. In conjunction with the previous tip, since your stopping time increases during winter, it’s a good idea to increase your following distance. We recommend a following time of five to six seconds. If you’re nervous during winter driving, you can increase that distance even further.
- Don’t power up hills or stop going up hills. Driving up hills can be difficult due to the decreased traction. Before you reach the hill, get a decent amount of inertia so you don’t have to apply extra gas while climbing. It’s also a good idea to not stop if at all possible. Once you reach the crest of the hill you can reduce speed and go downhill slowly.
- Stay home if possible. While you can take precautions to stay safe when you go out, the best way to stay safe is to stay home. Only go out in snowy conditions if you absolutely have to go out.
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