One option you have when driving in the winter is to actually avoid driving during winter storms unless it is absolutely necessary. If you must travel, here are driving tips to keep you safe. Avoid driving during the worst part of the storm. If possible, only travel during daylight hours. Also remember to clear snow and ice from the windows, lights, and the hood of your vehicle. If you can reach, it is best to clear of the snow on the roof of your vehicle too. By doing this, you can help the visibility for yourself, and reduce the chance of causing a visibility issue for those around you.

Also remember to leave plenty of space between you and the person ahead of you. In ideal weather you should leave three seconds between vehicles. If the weather is less than ideal, this distance should be doubled or tripled. Remember to drive at a speed you feel comfortable at. Driving slower is important when the roads are bad, but do not drive any faster than you feel comfortable with.

Make sure to brake early and correctly. It takes more time and distance to stop in adverse conditions. Be wary of bridge decks. They freeze first, making them more dangerous than the approach road. Also exit ramps sometimes have less anti-icing material than the main line. Be aware of this when exiting the highway. It will be important that you don’t use the cruise control when there are winery conditions you will be driving in. Even roads that look clear can have sudden slippery spots. Using your brake on these spots will deactivate cruise control, possibly causing you to lose control of your vehicle. Trucks are heavier than cars, making their brake time slower. Avoid cutting quickly in front of them. Also make sure to drive with your headlights on so that you can see the road ahead of you, and that others can see you as well.