Even for those drivers who are experienced at driving on snow-covered roads it takes a great deal of effort to drive safely. In addition to snow, driving conditions can also include ice and limited visibility. Unfortunately this is something seldom covered in drivers ed, so whether you're going about your daily commute or headed to the mountains with skis in tow it is worth paying attention to these tips.
Pay attention to the following items when driving in snowy conditions:
- Warm-up your car before starting your journey.
- Clean your windows thoroughly.
- Check tire pressures.
- Wear seat belts always.
- Avoid driving when fatigued.
- Accelerate and decelerate slowly.
- Increase following distance to 8-10 seconds as opposed to the normal 3 seconds.
- Understand your brakes.
- Look and steer where you want to go.
- Watch for ice and remember bridge surfaces freeze first.
Those with experience will say "How Obvious" and then proceed to miss many of these critical items. The keys to safely driving on snow covered roads is to properly prepare for your journey and to remain alert while driving. Slow down, leave more room, and in general realize that it is going to take more time for your journey but you will arrive there safely.