Safe Driving in Winter Weather
It’s snowing buckets, visibility is limited, and the roads are as icy as a skating rink – Yes, it’s still winter. Even though most of us would rather stay inside by the fire, it’s inevitable that we have to get out and get behind the wheel during times of sleet and snow. Even though you may feel a bit unsure of yourself when driving in bad weather, there are a few quick ways to safely get where you need to go in the winter.
By far the most difficult part of driving in the winter is encountering icy roads, but hitting a patch of black ice doesn’t have to mean hitting the ditch or another car. Here are a few things to keep in the back of your head while driving on icy roads:
- Be sure to always decrease the speed of your vehicle and leave yourself time to stop in intersections and in traffic. If you allow 1 car space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you in the summer, allow at least 3 car spaces in the winter.
- Don’t use your cruise control on icy roads. Always remain in command of your vehicle.
- Keep in mind that bridges, overpasses, or side roads don’t get sanded or salted as much as heavily used roads, so be extra careful while driving on them.
If you do hit icy conditions, the best way to avoid an accident is to take your foot off the accelerator, steer in the direction you’d like your wheels to go, and pump the brakes gently. Don’t slam on the brakes on icy roads, because you could end up in a spin, or even worse, an accident.