Winter conditions call for different driving tactics. "Ice
and Snow, Take it Slow", slower speed, slower
acceleration, slower steering, and slower braking. Give
yourself extra time to reach your destination safely. It's
not worth putting yourself and others in a dangerous situation.
Safe Travel Around Snowplows
Snowplows are usually spreading anti-icing materials from the
back of the truck and may need to stop or take evasive action to
avoid stranded vehicles. If you find yourself behind a
snowplow, stay behind it or use caution when passing. The
road behind a snowplow will be safer to drive on.
Safe Winter Driving Tips
- Pay attention. Don't try to
out-drive the conditoins. Remember the posted speed
limits are for dry pavement.
- Leave plenty of room for stopping.
- Leave room for maintenance vehicles and plows.
The law requires you to slow down or move over when
approaching emergeny or maintenance vehicles, including
snowplows, parked on the side of the road when they have
their flashing lights turned on. If you approach a
parked emergency or maintenance vehicle during a winter
storm and decide to change lanes be extra careful. The
passing lane may be in worse shape than the drivin lane.
There may also be a snow ridge between the two lanes.
Avoid making an abrupt lane change. If approaching a
snowplow, stay back at least 200 feet (it's the law!), and
don't pass on the right.
- Know the current road conditions.
Call 1-800-ROADWIS or log onto the
winter road conditions
report web page.
- Use brakes carefully. Brake
early. Brake correctly. It takes more time and
distance to stop in adverse conditions.
- Watch for slippery bridge decks, even
when the rest of the pavement is in good condition.
Bridge decks will ice up sooner than the adjacent pavement.
- Don't use your cruise control in wintry
conditions. Even roads that appear clear can
have sudden slippery spots and the short touch of your
brakes to deactivate the cruise control feature can cause
you to lose control of your vehicle.
- Don't get overconfident in your 4x4 vehicle.
Remember that your four-wheel drive vehicle may
help you get going quicker than other vehicles but it won't
help you stop any faster. Many 4x4 vehicles are
heavier than passenger vehicles and actually may take longer
to stop. Don't get overconfident in your 4x4 vehicle's
traction. Your 4x4 can lose traction as quickly as a
two-wheel drive vehicle.
- Do not pump anti-lock brakes. If
your car is equipped with anti-lock brakes, do not pump
brakes in attempting to stop. The right way is to
"stomp and steer!"
- Look farther ahead in traffic than you normally
do. Actions by cars and trucks will alert you
quicker to problems and give you a split-seond extra time to
- Remember that trucks are heavier than cars.
Trucks take longer to safely respond and come to a
complete sstop, so avoid cutting quickly in front of them.
- Go Slow!