Top 5 Winter Driving Safety Tips

A car driving on a snow-covered road

Winter Driving Tips

Winter is almost here, and along with it comes bad weather and dangerous road conditions. If you want to learn how to drive safely on winter roads, you’re in the right place. The following five safety tips will help you learn how to drive safely this winter. Keep reading to learn more about how you can become a safer driver when travelling on snow- and ice-covered roads. You’ll be happy you’ve learned these tips heading into the winter months and cold temperatures.

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5 Tips That Will Help You Drive Safely This Winter

  1. Slow down – The most important rule to remember when driving in the winter is to slow your speed down and not drive too fast. It is much harder to control your vehicle on snow-covered roads and it takes longer to stop your vehicle when braking.
  2. Give the vehicle in front of you plenty of space. Since it does take your vehicle longer to stop on slick winter road surfaces, you’ll want to make sure you give the vehicle you’re following plenty of space in between it and you.
  3. Give snow plows plenty of room to do their job. Snow plows drive slowly, stop frequently and can sometimes overlap lanes, so be sure to give them plenty of room. If you get stuck behind a snow plow, be sure to give it a lot of room, and if you’re going to pass it, be very careful and stay alert.
  4. If you become stranded, don’t leave your vehicle. Stay with your vehicle if it breaks down or if it gets stuck. Let your vehicle be seen by others by leaving your dome light on and by attaching something to your vehicle’s antenna or window that will help make it stand out and be visible to others. Run your vehicle just long enough to stay warm and don’t leave it for long periods of time.
  5. Slowly accelerate and decelerate. With cold and frozen roads, it is very important to slowly accelerate and decelerate when driving to avoid skidding and sliding. Just remember, it takes more time to slow down and come to a complete stop.

With these five winter driving tips, you’ll now be able to drive with more confidence this winter. Is your vehicle ready for winter driving? If not, stop by Terra Nova GMC Buick to have a certified automotive technician look at your vehicle to be sure that it is ready for the cold weather ahead.

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