Driving in winter weather isn’t desirable to anyone, let alone those traveling to see family. If you aren’t used to winter weather, we’d recommend you stay off the roads. That isn’t always possible, though, and winter can be harsh. To stay safe, remember these tips for driving in winter weater.
- Brake carefully. Start braking earlier than you would on dry roads. Slick roads won’t allow you to slow down as quickly and even the slightest error in timing can lead to a fender bender. Take the safe route and brake earlier than you think you need to.
- Avoid cruise control. Using cruise control is a convenient feature in the warmer parts of the year. In winter, it can lead to an accident. Assume all roads have slippery spots. Hitting your brakes to deactivate cruise control on one of these spots could easily lead to an accident or losing control of the vehicle.
- 4×4 isn’t invincible. For the most part, four-wheel-drive will give you the ability to get moving on winter roadways but it doesn’t mean you’ll be able to stop or keep your traction. You still need to take precautions, driving slowly and keeping a significant amount of space in between you and other drivers.