Winter driving safety

Tips for driving in icy conditions

  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry. And take time to slow down for a stoplight. 
  • Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on ice-covered roads. 
  • Increase following distance. The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.
  • Know your brakes. If you have anti-lock brakes (ABS) and need to slow down quickly, press hard on the pedal-it’s normal for the pedal to vibrate a bit when the ABS is activated.
  • Don’t stop if you can avoid it. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.
  • Don’t power up hills.  Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed down hill as slowly as possible.
  • Don’t stop going up a hill. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill.