Winter Driving 101

As anyone who has been out on the roads lately knows, snow and ice can make driving frightening, dangerous, and difficult. Sometimes we are not inspired to learn correct winter driving techniques until it is too late. Take the following advice and keep yourself and loved ones safe this year.

  • Follow further behind vehicles in front of you: In snow, braking can take longer or cause your car to slide. You will want to give yourself more stopping time to avoid collision. Rather than the 3-5 second rule applied to normal driving conditions, try giving yourself 8-10 seconds.
  • Keep your gas tank at least half-full: Smaller amounts of liquid could freeze in your gas line.
  • Never warm your car in your garage: Enclosed spaces will fill up with poisonous gases. You should also check that your exhaust is not covered with snow or ice to avoid carbon monoxide from being pushed inside your car.
  • Reduce your stops: Stopping then starting can become dangerous in ice or snow. Try your best to roll slowly instead of stopping.

To find more driving safety tips, visit the AAA blog.