Winter weather is upon us. This time of year can be beautiful, but it can also be dangerous. If you’re planning on driving in icy conditions, it’s important to take precautions to stay safe. Here are some safety tips for driving on ice:

  • Reduce your speed. The faster you’re going, the harder it will be to control your car if you start to slide. Aim to drive no more than 45 mph in icy conditions.
  • Leave plenty of space between you and the car in front of you. This will give you time to react if the car in front of you starts to slide.
  • Avoid sudden braking and acceleration. This can cause your tires to lose traction and your car to slide.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Look for areas where ice may be present, such as bridges, overpasses, and shaded areas.
  • Use your headlights and windshield wipers. This will help you see the road better and make it easier for other drivers to see you.
  • Stay calm if you start to slide. Don’t panic, as this will only make the situation worse. Steer in the direction you want your car to go and slowly apply the brakes.
  • If you do lose control of your car, don’t try to overcorrect. This will only make the skid worse. Hold the steering wheel firmly and wait for the car to regain traction.

Additional Tips

  • Check your tires before you go. Make sure your tires have good tread and are properly inflated.
  • Have your car serviced regularly. This will help ensure that your brakes and other safety features are working properly.
  • If you don’t have to drive, don’t. If you can avoid driving in icy conditions, do so.

By following these safety tips, you can help reduce your risk of an accident while driving on ice.

Here are some additional tips to help you stay safe on the road during icy weather:

  • Let someone know where you’re going and when you expect to arrive. This way, if you do get into an accident, someone will know where to look for you.
  • Pack an emergency kit in your car. This should include things like a flashlight, flares, a first-aid kit, and snacks. Click Here if you want our recommendations for what to pack in your emergency kit.
  • Be aware of the weather forecast. If you know that icy conditions are expected, plan your trip accordingly.
  • Don’t drive if you’re tired or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. These factors can impair your judgment and make it more difficult to drive safely in icy conditions.

By following these tips, you can help ensure a safe and uneventful winter driving season.