Driving safety is extremely important in the event of a winter storm. Different types of weather events can significantly affect your driving, և different situations require very specific steps to stay safe. These tips can help you control your car as you navigate the roads.

RememberBefore attempting to navigate the road, clear all snow, ice, or dirt from your windows, grille, headlights, and lights. Never drive snow or ice on your vehicle as it may fly out, hit another vehicle or pedestrian, or cause a dangerous roadblock.


Driving on ice

Driving on ice can be treacherous, and sometimes there will be a simple “ice” on the roads. The best time for ice to form is at dawn, late in the evening, when the temperature is the lowest. Cold ice can form when the air is 32 degrees or lower and it is “raining”. Low temperatures cause the precipitation to freeze from the shock, thus causing ice. Snow յան Freezing snow or water can also cause ice.

Tip 1 – Look carefully at the road surface

It’s very difficult to detect icy ice while driving. When driving in potentially icy conditions, pay close attention to the road surface, beware of pavements that look dark, wet, or look like asphalt. If the area has seen very low temperatures, recent precipitation or a history of black ice, black ice may very well be present on the roads. In addition, bridges or overpasses are more likely to be icy.

The illustrated car slows down on the icy bridge

GEICO Mobile - No. 1 rating insurance application

Tip 2 – Learn how your car behaves on ice

If you drive on icy ice, your car will not respond as well to the driver’s words է may exhibit unpredictable behavior. Avoid over-steering or panic braking with the steering wheel. Before leaving the road, make sure that large or dangerous objects (inside, outside or above the car) are secured. Unsecured cargo can cause serious injuries if you touch the ice sheet (և it can և cause you to be dragged եք buy a ticket). If you’re slipping on ice, you can not control it, follow the next steps.

  • Do not panic.
  • Do not press the brakes.
  • Take your foot off the gas.
  • Tilt your car in the direction you want to go.
  • Wait until the car slows down, grabbing the wheels so you can regain control.

Tip 3 – Pay attention to other drivers

If you are in an area where icy roads are not normal, other drivers may have difficulty noticing և adapting to icy conditions. Make sure you give plenty of space to other drivers if they are unable to stop in a controlled manner. Allow 8 seconds or more while driving in your front car.


Driving in the snow

Snow can be different for different horses, տարբեր different types of snow pose different dangers. Large, wet snowflakes can accumulate quickly, causing slippery road surfaces. Small, light snowflakes can block visibility, ice on the windshield, and other surfaces.

Tip 1 – Slow down

Snow on roads can be as slippery as ice. If you see snow on the road in front of you or even just dust, realize that you may not have the same level of control you are used to when turning or braking. Always slow down your car to have more time to respond to unexpected situations.

Tip 2 – Increase the distance behind

Even in light snow, the braking power can be severely impaired. Your car can double the distance to stop in the snow compared to dry conditions. Make sure there is at least 8-10 seconds between your: cars in front of you so that you have time to react if the driver in front loses control or starts to slow down quickly.

an illustrated machine that grows after space under snowTip 3 – Do not stand on the hills

Snow can cause tires to rotate and lose traction, especially on sloping roads such as freeways and hills. If you are making progress on the hill, try not to stop, otherwise you will be in danger. If you come down the hill, take it slowly և make sure you have enough braking to stop safely. To avoid a collision, leave at least 3-4 cars in the “front car”.


Drive in “slippery” conditions

When there is a lot of snow, it can create dangerous bleaching conditions. Visibility may be limited to just a few feet in front of your windshield և You may not be able to see the road surface or markings.

Tip 1 – Slow down at snail speed

The most dangerous aspect of bleaching conditions is the loss of visibility. Without seeing where the drivers are and what they are doing, you may not have time to react if they do something unexpected. Make sure you drive slowly enough to have enough time to turn or brake if something happens in front of you.

Tip 2 – Make yourself as visible as possible

Bleaching conditions often lead to collisions when drivers are unable to see each other. Make yourself as visible as possible to others. Use all your headlights (switch on the fog lights if you have them). Consider turning on your hazard lights if you go below the speed limit to warn other drivers. Communicate your intentions (using turning signals և if necessary և hand gestures) to those around you so that they can adjust accordingly.

Illustrated car in white with danger lightsTip 3 – Stand: wait for it

If whitening conditions completely block your view, or you feel you can not properly see other cars or drive your own car, look for the nearest way out to wait for the storm. It is safer if you can reach the edge of the road with a lower speed limit to reduce the risk of a high speed crash where more damage / injuries may occur). If there is no other option, just pull over to the side of the road, turn on your hazard lights, and wait for the lights to go out. If necessary, start the engine every hour for 10 minutes to warm up. Crack the window to avoid carbon dioxide poisoning. Periodically clean the snow from the exhaust pipe if there is significant accumulation of snow.


Sources: Ready.gov, National Weather Service, Maine Bureau of General Services

Review our Extreme Weather Guide before the storm hits.

If you have ever been on the road, an emergency road service (ERS) service is available և at your fingertips through your GEICO Mobile app. Add ERS to your policy for just one kopeck a day և Relax as you fight the elements.