Best Driving Practices for Ice and Snow

Preparing to drive in winter conditions always presents its own set of challenges. During this time of year, risks run high. With the best driving practices and preparedness plans, you can hit the road with ease knowing that you’re doing so safely.

Winterize your car ahead of time

Winter car prep should be at the top of your list when preparing to drive in ice and snow. Check your tires, make sure your brakes are in top shape, get an oil change, have an inspection done, and make sure your heating works sufficiently.

Check the forecast

As temperatures fluctuate around 32 degrees and lower, snow and ice are likely to melt on the roadway or refreeze as black ice, leading to slicker conditions while you drive. Check your local weather forecast before you get behind the wheel and adjust your driving behaviors accordingly in the event of significant temperature changes. Slow and safe is most important.

Test the road conditions

If possible, find an empty stretch of road close to your home where you can test out acceleration, braking, and steering before you set out on a long drive-in winter weather. It’s best to test what potential conditions are like before putting yourself in a potentially dangerous situation on the road.

It's better to discover that conditions are questionable when you're close to home instead of driving miles away only to find out that road conditions aren't as favorable as you'd hoped. You may also find last-minute repairs your car could need before getting behind the wheel.

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