Winter Weather Driving Tips
Winter weather driving presents many challenges that differ from the rest of the year. A few basic tips to help you reduce the risk of being involved in a collision:
- Reduce your speed - When you have snow/icy road conditions slowing your speed by 5 or 10 miles per hour (based on normal posted speed) will reduce the possibility of skidding crashes.
- Increase your following distance to the car in front of you. Under normal good weather conditions you should stay 3 to 4 seconds behind. Under snow and ice conditions you should stay 5 to 6 seconds behind. This gives you a better view of what's happening in front of you as well as additional stopping distance.
- Slow down sooner when you are coming into a stop.
- Make sure you search/look left and right prior to entering intersections. Other drivers may have difficulty stopping or may feel they don't need to stop so it's up to you to make sure it's safe to continue through.