Published on 01/12/2023
With winter in full swing, it is important to remember that driving in winter weather can be very dangerous. Road conditions can change suddenly during winter weather, sometimes without warning. With that in mind, here are some good tips to remember when it comes to driving in winter weather:
- Only go out on the road if it is absolutely necessary
Driving in snow or ice can be perilous. Be sure to only do so if it absolutely can not be avoided. Skipping that trip to the store might save your life.
- Be wary of black ice
Black ice continues to be one of the top causes of accidents related to winter weather. It can be nearly impossible to spot, so be sure to drive slowly and with caution, and keep plenty of distance between you and other vehicles on the road.
- Drive slowly and smoothly
Sudden stops, starts, and turns can increase the chance of you losing control of your vehicle, especially on an icy road. Be sure to gradually accelerate, turn, and brake while driving in winter weather. One twitter user Chad Sullivan gave the following useful (and hilarious) advice on the topic: “If you rarely drive on the snow, just pretend you're taking grandma to church. There's a platter of biscuits and two gallons of sweet tea in glass jars in the back seat. She's wearing a new dress and holding a crock pot full of gravy.”
- Have supplies ready in case you get stuck
Hopefully you’ll never have to use it, but having an emergency kit in case you get stuck in the snow or ice could be life saving. Some items to include are food, water, emergency blankets, flashlights, a first-aid kit, a traction mat or tool to help you get unstuck, and a warm winter coat.
Remember, driving in winter weather requires more preparation and caution than driving under normal conditions, and should only be done when necessary. Keep these tips in mind, and stay safe out on the road this winter!