Winter driving can be difficult at times. It is important to have your vehicle maintained regularly, so it can be reliable during the winter. You will also want to slow down when the road conditions are less than ideal. Sand and salt play a big role in keeping roads safe. The spreading of road salt prevents snow and ice from bonding to the road surface, which is why salt is usually spread early in a storm to prevent snow build-up and to aid in snow removal operations.
Make sure to be award of those driving around you, and even snowplows on the road. Caution must be used when snowplows are on the roadways as snowplows and salt and sand trucks travel much slower than regular traffic. Passing a snowplow can be extremely dangerous as sight lines and visibility near a working snowplow are severely restricted by blowing snow.
When you are driving, make sure to slow down if the roads are in less than ideal condition. Get the feel of the road by starting out slowly and testing your steering control and braking ability. Avoid spinning your tires when you start by gently pressing your gas pedal until the car starts to roll. Start slowing down at least three times sooner than you normally would when turning or stopping. Also reduce your speed to correspond with conditions. When stopping, avoid sudden movements of the steering wheel and pump the brake gently. Avoid locking of brakes on glazed ice as it will cause a loss of steering and control. Maintain a safe interval between you and the car ahead of you according to the conditions of the pavement. Many needless rear-end crashes occur on icy streets because drivers forget to leave stopping space. Also remember to keep the vehicle in the best possible driving condition. The lights, tires, brakes, windshield wipers, defroster, and radiator are especially important for winter driving. Most importantly, keep the windshield and side windows clear. Make sure that all ice, snow, and frost are cleared off. This will help you improve your visibility as you drive.