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Winter defensive driving tips for snow and ice

This is already shaping up to be an icy and snowy winter, so it’s a good time to brush up on winter defensive driving tips.

When the weather outside is frightful, you still have to get the kids to school and yourself to work, right?

By following these winter defensive driving tips, you can stay safe and warm this season.

Watch the weather

If you know a storm is coming and you can delay your trip, do so. The best winter defensive driving tip is to not be out in bad weather in the first place! Stay home and head out after the plows come through.

Gentle on the brakes and gas pedal

In snowy or icy weather, easy does it is key. Avoid hard stops or quick accelerations if at all possible, to avoid skidding or sliding.

Slow down!

This should go without saying, but we’ve all seen people flying by on snowy or icy roads only to spy them in a ditch a mile or two up the road. There’s no rush. Leave plenty of time to arrive on time.

10 and 2

Keep your hands firmly on the wheel in the “10 and 2 position.” And don’t even think about texting, talking on the phone, fiddling with the radio or eating and drinking. Stay alert and aware!

Clear your car thoroughly

Make sure you have great visibility and clear all ice and snow from your windows. Also, make sure you have enough windshield wiper fluid, in case debris or dirt gets tossed on your windshield.

Practice

If possible, take your car to a deserted parking lot and practice starting, stopping, turning and other maneuvers. This is a great tip for new drivers or people who haven’t driven in snowy or icy conditions before. Prevention can be a great winter defensive driving tip!

Schottenstein Law Offices

If you or someone you love has been in a crash this winter, give us a call at (614) 467-8474!