How to Stay Safe on Winter Road Conditions

Posted on by Defensive Driving | in Defensive Driving Tips

DSC03907

 

Winter can be one of the most gorgeous times of the year: Snow capped trees and white wonderlands can be seen everywhere. However, it is also one of the most dangerous times of the year to drive. The cold temperatures that make the serene snowscapes possible are the same cold temperatures that make the roads icy and treacherous. In a matter of seconds your car can hit black ice and spiral out of control. Even the visible dangers, such as ice and snow, can cause horrific accidents if you are not careful.

How can I stay safe on the icy roads?

The best way to stay safe during winter storms is to avoid the roads altogether. Always check out the road conditions before you head out. If it looks scary on TV or online, it is probably even scarier in person. Unless where you are going is absolutely necessary (and really, what is worth your life?), then stay home. Even waiting an hour or two can make a big difference on the safety of the roads.

If I do drive, what should I do?

First and foremost, always drive defensively. If there was ever a better time to use all of the handy skills you learned at your defensive driving class, it is now. Always keep both hands on the wheel so that you can keep control of the car if you hit a patch of ice. And remember, speed limits are set for ideal road conditions. Winter road conditions are anything but ideal, so make sure to drive smart. Being a few minutes late is worth it.

Do I need any extra equipment?

In most day-to-day driving, you should be okay. However, it is always a good idea to have a different set of tires specifically for winter driving that provide you with extra traction and better stopping power. The BCAA also recommends keeping equipment in your car to help you should you get stranded. This can include flares, sand or cat litter, a first aid kit, a flashlight, and a blanket. If you are going over any steep hills, you will also want to make sure that you have tire chains.

Driving in the winter can be very scary, especially if you live around hills. If you drive defensively and be smart about when and where you drive, you should have no problem staying safe.

|

Customer Reviews

Defensivedriving.com has a ShopperApproved rating of 4.7 based on 112879 ratings and reviews.

Rosalinda Orta Tx, united states
quick and easy
Krystal Jackson united states
Quick registration and a plethora of information
Randy Page Jr united states
Good experience
Katy TX, United States
Its easy and informative!
Emir Nasufi None, united states
amazing
Warrick Walker-Williams None, united states
Super easy
Robert Harrell None, united states
Great
Tatum Tx, united states
Awesome
Laila Williams Texas , united states
It was good and easy
Dan TX, United States
Very engaging
Isaias Pesina united states
Helpful
Lauren Taylor Texas, united states
Good experience overall
John Bates TX, united states
Easy to follow instructions.
chloe stevens united states
It's been an easy and cheap experience!
Jose Rodriguez united states
It was quick, easy and very user friendly
Cole Yarbrough None, united states
So far it’s been a smooth process
Jonathan Ruvalcaba None, united states
Everything is easy
Melanie Kaiser None, united states
quick and easy
Sabrina Narvaez None, united states
Great
Kelli Ashton None, united states
it has been fast
John Heath None, united states
Straight Forward
Jennifer Medina None, united states
easy
Samuel Ibarra None, united states
Love it
ryan kempisty united states
easy
amanda lopez Texas, united states
Was very easy and entertaining gave me allot of knowledge.
Kristin Scribner TX, united states
Very happy!
Antrone Harris Texas, united states
Experience was very smooth and easy
Martha Kapparis Texas, united states
Great
Oscar De La Fe None, united states
Cool
Mikayla Davis None, united states
Great
Cassidy Mitchell Texas, united states
It's pretty simple
Cyrus Sarkary Texas, united states
Great
Nicholas Macias United States
It's simple and easy to use
Adrian Morales-murillo Texas , united states
Very easy and understandable . Very informative ...... I definitely recommend it.
See all reviews on shopperApproved.com
Why DefensiveDriving.com
  • 20 Years in Business
  • Over 2 Million Customers Served
  • Highest Possible Better Business Bureau Rating
  • Award Winning Course