3 Tips For Driving Safely in Snow

February 8, 2017


Snow. There might be no other four-letter word a driver wants to hear less. But if you live in a region that regularly gets inundated with the powdery white stuff, then you know you can't just wait for it to go away. You still have to go to work, hit the gym, and continue living your life. Fortunately, though, all snow driving takes is experience and the right preparation.

Here are three tips to remember for safe driving in snow.

1. Make sure your car is prepped 

Driving in the snow is no picnic for anyone, but it's easier if your car has been tuned up for winter. Your tires and wiper blades, in particular, should be either changed out or modified with the snow in mind. Heavier wipers that are meant for snow and ice will ensure you can see clearly, and snow tires will handle the roads better. Learn how to replace your vehicle's wiper blades with RepairPal Jill.

If the snow is really bad, you may need to put snow chains on your tires. Don't know how to install them yourself? Check out our advice on how to install snow chains and answers to all the questions you may have about them.

2. Take your time 

Everything takes longer to do when there's snow on the road, and there’s no way around it. You need to accelerate slowly in order to get traction, and you need to brake gradually to make sure your car doesn't lose its grip on the road. This is especially important if your vehicle has snow chains on. 

You may even need to drive more slowly, depending on the conditions. Remember, it's better to be late than to never arrive at all.

3. Check your tire pressure

We all know our tires are filled with air, but something we seem to forget is that extreme temperatures can make air expand and contract. Cold weather compresses the air in your tires, causing them to lose pressure. So when it gets cold, make sure your tires have the proper amount of air in them. Improperly inflated tires could lead to all sorts of problems while you're on the road, such as getting you into an accident or leaving you stranded.

These are just a few of the things you need to do in order to make driving in the snow a little easier this winter.

About the Author

Kimberlea Buczeke is an automotive expert at RepairPal, the leading online source of auto repair resources and estimates. With many ASE Master certified mechanics on staff who have decades of experience, RepairPal knows all the fine points of car repair.

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