How to Drive Safely on Ice and Snow

Commercial car driving in snow and ice

Getting over the river and through the woods might not be that easy this holiday season. Driving in the snow and ice can significantly increase the chance of an accident. Additionally, poor visibility during heavy snow can make it difficult for drivers to pull over and stop.

Top Tips for Driving on Ice and Snow

Help prepare for driving in the ice and snow by following tips from the Insurance Information Institute:

  • Speed - Drive slowly because accelerating, stopping and turning take longer on snow-covered or icy roads.
  • Electrical - Make sure your battery is charged and working optimally. Cold weather adversely affects battery performance, so check it before the temperature drops.
  • Tires - Make sure that your tires have good tread and keep them properly inflated—both are essential to safe winter driving. While all-weather tires are sufficient for some, if your area tends to get snow and ice, consider winterizing your car with snow tires.

Be Prepared with a Winter Car Emergency Kit

In case of an incident, you should be equipped with an emergency kit containing the following items:

  • Small shovel
  • Snacks
  • Change of clothes
  • Traction aids
  • Towing strap or chain
  • Water
    • List of emergency numbers
    • Ice scraper
    • Emergency flare
    • GPS vehicle locator
    • Jumper cables
    • Antifreeze
  • Local maps
  • Blankets
  • Flashlights with batteries
  • Spare phone charger or temporary battery
  • Learn More About Staying Safe on the Roads this Winter

    Safe driving and well-maintained vehicles take on even greater importance in winter. Read our latest article to learn how you can help reduce the risk of a breakdown or accident.

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