Although the best practice is to avoid driving in hazardous winter weather,
that does not always coincide with life's necessities. When driving
in bad winter weather is unavoidable, allow the snow plows time to clear
the roads and lay out salt and sand. Also, be sure to leave extra travel
time. When conditions become icey, try to heed the following advice:
Driving safely on icey roads:
1. Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. You should
allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car
in front of you.
2. Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease
off the brake.
3. Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists.
4. Keep your lights and windshield clean.
5. Use low gears to keep traction, especially on hills.
6. Don't use cruise control or overdrive on icy roads.
7. Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled
roads, which will freeze first. Even at temperatures above freezing, if
the conditions are wet, you might encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed
roadways like bridges.
8. Don't pass snow plows and sanding trucks. The drivers have limited
visibility, and you're likely to find the road in front of them worse
than the road behind.
9. Don't assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel
and front-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads.