Clear off your car before you head out
Did the temperature drop overnight? Looks like you’ll be starting the day with some de-icing. Whether it’s snow or ice, you don’t want to risk the dangers of driving without clearing off your car. Turning on the heat and waiting for the ice to melt away can work if you’ve got the time to wait, but don’t take off in hopes that it’ll melt as you drive. Your best (and fastest) bet is to whip out your brush and scraper, and get to clearing!
Leave extra distance between vehicles
You’ve successfully de-iced your car and you’re on your way. As you start navigating those side streets or driving down the highway, be sure to leave extra distance between yourself and other cars. Increasing your braking distance in inclement weather will help you avoid collisions with other drivers.
Be (extra) alert
Other drivers may not be as conscientious about removing snow or ice from their cars, potentially putting other drivers at risk. Be mindful of the surrounding cars, particularly trucks. If you see that a motorist hasn’t removed snow or ice from their vehicle, pull back if possible.
Snow sometimes accompanies freezing rain, so beware of snowplows out trying to clear the road for other drivers. These vehicles must travel much slower than others. Be generous with the extra space around them, and go slow.
Finally, never pass a slow plow — it’s extremely dangerous.