As roads become covered in snow, ice, or frost, more time and distance is needed in order to stop safely. Make sure to drive cautiously and pay attention to the road conditions. Driving slower can also help make the roads safer for you, as well as those around you traveling.
Winter can be hard on your vehicle, especially at night when the temperature gets even colder out. If your vehicle has been parked outside overnight, make sure to allow ample time for it to warm up before you drive it. Running a vehicle and engine that is cold and forced to operate at normal speeds may end up doing damage to it. If you hit a bump or pothole, it is harder on a cold vehicle than one that has had the chance to warm up. Also as the vehicle is warmed up, the windshield will have time to defrost.
Freezing fuel lines can be a big problem if you fuel tank is low. This will also cause your vehicle to have a difficult start in the morning. During the winter months it is best to keep the tank at least half full. This can reduce the chance of condensation accumulating and freezing in tank and fuel lines.
If you slam on the brakes on ice and snow, you may end up fishtailing or causing an accident. In order to stop effectively and safely, try pumping the brakes. This will give the tires a chance to catch a little traction on the road as you pump the brakes. This can slow down the vehicle to a careful and safe stop when you drive. By applying the brakes slightly, you are also able to give the vehicles around you some warning you are about to stop.
Try to avoid any unnecessary risks when driving. This can help benefit you and those around you by keeping everyone safe. The most important thing is to make sure you keep a good amount of distance between you and other vehicles when possible. Do not tailgate when you drive. Also be aware of the road conditions around you at all times. This can help you to be alert of the roads and traffic around you as you drive.