The best advice for driving in bad winter weather is not to drive at all if possible. If you must drive in snowy conditions, make sure your car is prepared before you head out.

At any temperature, weather affects road and driving conditions and can pose serious problems.

Winterize Your Car

– Check the ignition, brakes, wiring, hoses and fan belts.
– Change and adjust the spark plugs.
– Check the air, fuel and emission filters, and the PCV valve.
– Inspect the distributor.
– Check the battery.
Check the tires for air, sidewall wear and tread depth.
– Check antifreeze levels and the freeze line.

Don’t go out until the snow plows and sanding trucks have had a chance to do their work, and allow yourself extra time to reach your destination.

– Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop.
– Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake.
– Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists. Also, keep your lights and windshield clean.
– Use low gears to keep traction.
– Don’t pass snow plows and sanding trucks. The drivers have limited visibility, and the road in front of them will more than likely be worse than the road behind them.
– Don’t assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads.