side view of car driving in snow

Tips for Driving in Winter Snow Safely

Here in Wisconsin, we’re in the middle of yet another tough winter full of snow and ice-cold temperatures. If you’re having trouble driving in the winter conditions, or are about to travel in such conditions for the first time, keep these tips in mind to make sure you drive safely. 

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Keep it Smooth 

Traction is the biggest concern with driving on snowy and icy roads, and the best way to maximize your traction is to drive smoothly and deliberately. Don’t accelerate, decelerate or jerk the steering wheel too hard or your tires could lose their grip on the road.

Look Ahead 

On winter roads, your traction won’t be as good as normal, which means it will take longer for you to turn or come to a full stop. Be extra aware of what’s ahead of you and give yourself ample time to stop or react to any possible danger.

close-up view of car's tires driving on snowy road

Be Wary of Hills 

Trying to go up a hill or a road with a steep incline in winter can be dangerous. Don’t just try to power up, though, accelerating more will just make your wheels spin and lose traction. Try to get as much inertia as possible to carry over the hill and descend slowly and deliberately.

How to Deal with Skids 

For a front-wheel skid, where the car turns in a wider arc than you expect, lay off the gas and your car should regain traction. For a rear-wheel skid, turn the steering wheel in the direction of the skid, ease off the accelerator and stay off brakes and steer back when your wheels regain traction. Always look where you want your car to go, not where it’s going.

Be Prepared 

The most important thing is to be prepared. That means having survival items like blankets and water in your car at all times and tools like jumper cables in case your battery dies.

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