Winter Tips: Driving in Snow and Ice

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with JoAnn Dickinson Homes, Inc. BRE#01386182

Driving in Snow and Ice

The best advice for driving in bad winter weather is not to drive at all, if you can avoid it.

Don't go out until the snow plows and sanding trucks have had a chance to do their work, and allow yourself extra time to reach your destination.

If you must drive in snowy conditions, make sure your car is prepared (TIPS), and that you know how to handle road conditions. A few items make sure you have flashlight, GLOVES, hat, emergency supplies, and a shovel. Remember that your lights should be on even if the automatic light sensory system fails to do so. They do not tend to recognise the fog factor.  If you cannot see, please pull over and turn on your hazard lights. Get to know how your vechicle and how it handles in the winter weather conditions and consult your owner's manual for tips specific to your vehicle.

Driving safely on icy roads

  1. Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. You should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.
  2. Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake.
  3. Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists.
  4. Keep your lights and windshield clean.
  5. Use low gears to keep traction, especially on hills.
  6. Don't use cruise control or overdrive on icy roads.
  7. Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads, which will freeze first. Even at temperatures above freezing, if the conditions are wet, you might encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed roadways like bridges.
  8. Don't pass snow plows and sanding trucks. The drivers have limited visibility, and you're likely to find the road in front of them worse than the road behind.
  9. Don't assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads. 

 

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Comments (1)

Matthew Cordisco
Pocono Mountain Lakes Realty - Pocono Lake, PA
Pocono Real Estate Professional

Good tips.  I live in the Poconos and people wreck their cars all the time up here in the winter. Solid post.

Nov 06, 2010 10:21 AM