Snow and Ice

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Snowy road


Streets and highways covered with snow, snow pack, or ice are extremely hazardous. They are most hazardous when the snow or ice begins to melt. The slush or wet surface acts as a lubricant and traction is reduced.

Extreme weather conditions may require special equipment (e.g., tire chains) and/or special skills by the driver (e.g., slow starts and stops).

Pickup on the snow

Here are some guidelines for driving in snow or icy conditions:

  • Keep the windows and windshield clear.
  • Obtain maximum visibility by turning on low-beam headlights and windshield wipers.
  • Drive slowly and stay farther behind the vehicle ahead. Slow to a crawl on ice. Slow down as you approach curves and intersections.
  • Avoid fast turns.
  • Avoid quick stops.
  • Shift to low gear before going down a steep hill, but do not downshift at too fast a speed.
  • If you drive in snowy areas, carry chains in case you find yourself in conditions where you can't drive without them. Learn how to put the chains on BEFORE you need to use them.

If you begin to skid, let up on the accelerator and turn the front wheels in the direction of the skid.