Winter can turn a seemingly normal commute into a perilous journey. Snow,
ice, and other drivers can be a huge hazard and make it hard to drive
safe. Luckily, there’s a few simple things you can do to reduce
the likelihood of an accident, and more importantly, keep yourself and
your family safe.
1. Give yourself some space.
It can take almost twice as long to stop in the snow or ice as it would
on normal pavement. The normal time you should leave between yourself
and the car in front of you is 4 seconds. According to
AAA you should give yourself 8 to 10 though if you’re driving in bad
2. Don’t use cruise control
If you’re on ice and you’re using cruise control a peculiar
thing may happen. You can lose traction and your wheels start spinning
because cruise control is attempting to keep your speed the same. When
you regain traction it can lurch you forward and potentially cause an
accident. If you’re on ice, it’s probably best to drive without
3. Consider snow tires
Edmund’s, winter tires can break a full 16-18% faster than all season tires. That
may not seem like a lot, but a few seconds can make all the difference
if you’re driving in already harsh weather conditions.