Keeping you and your passengers safe should be a priority, no matter the season. You will want to make sure your vehicle is always properly maintained. Keeping everything up to date on maintenance will allow your vehicle to operate at the best performance level it can. If there is anything out of the ordinary with your vehicle, always make sure you schedule an appointment so we can check it for you. If you ignore a problem, it will only get worse. This will end up decreasing your safety in the long run as well.
When roads are less than ideal, you will want to remember to slow down. Only drive at a speed you feel comfortable with. If you are going too fast, you will not be able to maintain control of the vehicle. This will result in you going in the ditch, or having an accident. Make sure that if you are going at a very low speed, you have the hazard lights on. This helps others to be aware that you are going much slower. It will also help to prevent them having to slam on the brakes when they get behind you.
In ideal conditions, leaving three seconds or car spaces between you and the vehicle in front of you is typical. If the weather is poor, or the roads are slick, this should be doubled or tripled. Doing so will help to decrease the chances of an accident when you are driving. You will also have enough time to react in case the vehicle in front slams on the brakes. Having the proper amount of time and space can prevent an accident. If you are not sure what the road conditions are, it is always best to play it safe. Drive slightly slower, until you know for sure what the roads are like.