Snowy weather is now in the forecast, and with that, AAA is offering tips to motorists to ensure everyone stays safe on the road. AAA says nearly 46% of crashes involving bad weather take place in winter, which makes it one of the worst times of year to drive.
The top three tips for winter diving are slowing down, increasing your distance between your vehicle and other vehicles, and braking then turning. AAA says if you do go off the road, to remain calm, stay in your vehicle with your seatbelt on, and if in an emergency situation, to call 9-1-1.
When the snow begins to fall and cover roads, tips on driving safely in the snow include:
- Accelerating and decelerating slowly.
- Increasing following distance
- Know your brakes, the best way to stop is threshold braking.
- Do not power up on hills
- Do not stop going up a hill
- If it is possible, just stay home
AAA says there are also things not to do when driving in the winter. Those include:
- Do not continue at the same speed you would be traveling in clear and dry conditions
- Do not brake and turn at the same time or be rough with your steering/braking
- Don’t follow behind other vehicles as closely as you would when driving in clear, dry conditions