Safety Tips for Driving in Snow

March 25, 2013

Safety Tips for Driving in Snow

Apparently, winter has decided to stick around for awhile longer this year, which means we all need to take extra precaution on the road.

Just in case you need a refresher, here are a few safety tips for driving in snow:

  • If you don’t have to drive, than don’t! This is the best possible piece of advice we can give you. Unfortunately, some of us will have to drive at some point during a long winter storm, so take heed of the following snow driving tips.
  • Check your tires. Cold weather reduces tire pressure, so check your tires before driving in snowy conditions. Also, you’ll want to make sure your tires have enough tread to grip the road. The tread should be at least 1/8 of an inch deep.
  • Make sure you have all the right supplies. You never know when you may become stranded, which is why you should plan for an emergency ahead of time by loading your car with a winter driving emergency kit.
  • Slow down, but don’t go too slow. In general, you should reduce your speed by about 50 percent in snowy conditions. But if you drive too slow, you could have a hard time getting up hills.
  • Don’t break too hard. When breaking in slippery conditions, it may seem like a good idea to push down hard on the breaks. But you’re better off breaking gently to avoid “locking up” your breaks and skidding out of control.
  • Make frequent rest stops. Driving in the snow can be very tiring. It’s a good idea to stop every hour or so on long trips to stretch and recoup. A quick break can really increase your level of alertness.

Have any safety tips for driving in snow of your own? Leave a comment below, and stay safe out there!

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