Five Tips for Safer Winter Driving

Driving this time of year can be especially stressful due to winter weather. Keep the following five tips in mind to help you arrive safely and successfully when maneuvering through wet and snowy conditions:

  1. Keep safety top of mind. Don’t drive when impaired by alcohol, drugs or sleep deprivation. Be sure to wear your seat belt and minimize distractions by turning your phone off or putting it away.
  2. Practice good driving habits. Use turn signals and allow plenty of clear space before changing lanes. Increase stopping distances by leaving extra room between your vehicle and the car ahead of you.
  3. Avoid using cruise control when roads are slippery. When you’re in control and driving on wet or icy roads, you can feel through the pedal if the wheels lose traction and immediately react to the skid. With cruise control engaged and your foot off the pedal, you won’t feel the wheels losing traction. The car can surge forward into a skid before you have time to become aware and react.
  4. If you start to skid, instead of slamming on the brakes, look and steer in the direction you want to go.
  5. To avoid skidding in turns, perform each step involved in the turn separately. Brake first, then let up on the brake while turning. Once you’re through the turn, accelerate.