Post # 1
We’ve had a bit of snow and the roads right now are ok, but not great. We are expected to get 1-3 inches of snow overnight. I HATE driving on snow and ice, always have. Two weeks ago I was driving in rain and hydroplaned, lost control of the car and amazingly, didn’t hit anything or injure myself. (Yea God!) The snow has me super nervous, as I have a 20-25 minute commute on a good day, including some roads that are usually bad in snow and ice. This has me totally freaking out all day. I plan to leave extra early and drive slowly. I drive a chevy impala. I ordered snow tires, but can’t get them on my car until Thursday. Does anyone have any tips/reassurance so I don’t spend the rest of the day worrying about it? Thanks!
Post # 3
hmmmmm i dont know if im good, but ive never been in an accident…. besides i did slide into a ditch when i was 18…. if you have antilock brakes, just press on the brakes dont pump them (pump them if you dont have antilock brakes)…. and turn towards the rear end of your car that is fishtailing… and go slow!!
Post # 4
Drive slowly, take turns slowly and don’t slam on the brakes.
Just be calm and give yourself plenty of time to travel and leave plenty of space between you and any car in front of you.
Make sure your windshield wipers are in good working order and that you have plenty of washer fluid in the car.
That’s the best advice I can offer. Don’t you just love winter weather? 🙂
Post # 5
Chances are that the snow will melt or be plowed before it becomes an issue for you, but if it’s slippery, just remember to go slow and leave plenty of space between you and the car in front of you. Also try to remember not to be too rigid or nervous, as this can sometimes cause you to overreact to a situation. If it is a big problem for you, see if you can carpool and have someone else drive!
Of course, if you get the storm we did, you won’t be able to leave your street and it won’t matter!
Good luck 🙂
Post # 6
I’m from Canada, eh! Land of driving in snow, ice, and blizzards. I’ve posted a link below with some good tips for dealing! Another tip — keep a warm blanket, some non-perishable food, and extra gloves in your trunk just in case you get stuck somewhere. Don’t laugh – the biggest city south of where I live had a huge storm the other week and it shut the thruway down and cars were stuck on it for 18 hours!! People were stranded in their cars. Always have a full tank of gas just in case!
Post # 7
You are on the right track, but it really would be safer with proper winter tires.
Turn on your lights so your rear lights are on, not just your running lights. If it is snowing heavily keep your lights on low and even consider wearing sunglasses to reduce the glare.
Drive slower, leave plenty of room between you and the next car. Slow down even more when you come close to an intersection in case the light changes and you have to stop.
Delay a couple of seconds when the light turns green in case the people coming the other way can’t stop so you don’t make a new acquaintance in the intersection.
Gear down rather than brake if you have to go down a hill.
Carry a bag of sand or kitty litter in your trunk in case you get stuck. Always remember you can also use your floor mats if you get stuck. Get out of the car, wedge the floor mats under the front of your tires for traction. Don’t stop until you get to the top of the hill then walk back for your floor mats if you really want them.
Post # 8
I consider myself a good driver and a good driver in the snow. I used to live near the suburbs of Philadelphia so I had my fair share of snow. I now live in Seattle where snow clean-up sucks. We use tire chains and stuff, which was new to me. What I do get worried about is the reliability of the city of put salt down and also, other drivers. I don’t trust them. I do try to stay home from work if I can.
Drive slow but not too slow and of course not too fast. You need traction when going up hills so if you go too slow it may actually cause your tires to spin. You need some power and momentum.
If you do feel like you see other cars’ tires spinning, think TRACTION. Have one side of your car be on snow (avoid ice.) I see cars follow the tracks of the car ahead of them. First of all, you don’t know if there is ice under there. I mean it’s good when the grooves from other cars melts the snow but if you are unsure, make your own tracks. (within reason, of course.)
Oh, don’t break or turn suddenly. Like when I come to a light or a stop sign, I don’t like to slam on my breaks. Oh, I like to slowly slow down my car, so that I’m not in a complete stop. If it is icy out, it’s harder to get traction if you are completely stopped.
Oh, if icing is a problem. Be very careful driving on bridges and overpasses. They freeze up faster then other roads. If you do have to go over a bridge or overpass, think TRACTION again. Find the best way to give your tires some traction so you don’t lose control.
Oh, if you do get stuck, move your steering wheel side to side so you can get some traction.
Oh, make sure you have a blanket, snow shovel, salt, some food in your trunk.
Post # 9
Take it slow, even if the people around you are driving erratically. And whatever you do, DO NOT slam on your breaks if you encounter ice. Just take it slow and be cautious, and you’ll be fine.
Post # 10
Coming from Vermont I have done my fair share of winter driving, including a winter of driving a celica with summer tires (ahh the invincibility of being a teenager). I agree with all the advice that has already been given. Some other pieces of advice I have is to slow down before you get to a corner so that way you won’t have to use your brakes as much while in the corner. Also make sure to start slowing down at the top of a hill as you start to go down it, since you will gain momentum as you start to go down it. If you are going up a slippery hill try not to slow down as you climb it, instead try to keep a constant speed. If you have to stop on a hill try to pull over to let other cars pass you so you don’t cause a cluster.
Also I’m bad and stereotype cars, if I see a car I think will have issues going up a big hill, I will pull over on a flat area and wait a little bit to give them time to make the hill. That way I don’t have to worry about getting stuck half way up because of them having to stop (though from my experience when I lived in OH one winter there weren’t that many steep hills, so that might not be a problem for you). Make sure to be cautious and aware of other drivers around intersections, you never know who might not be able to stop at a light or stop sign.
The best advice is if its bad out go as slow as you feel comfortable, if a line of cars gets behind you and stresses you out pull over and let them pass. Going slow might stink sometimes but at least going off the road at 30 or 40 isn’t as bad.
Post # 11
@guitargirl: Sorry you had a scary experience recently 🙁 Where in Ohio are you? FI is currently in the Toledo area and he sent me this photo this morning:
Post # 12
No one. Absolutely no one is good at driving in the snow. But we have to do it, so we do. Definitely just go slow. Try to avoid sudden stops and give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination. It’s better you be late and alive then in a ditch. If the big trucks want to zoom past you, just let them. Breathe in. Breathe out.
I absolutely hate driving in the snow because I drove off a major interstate in the middle of July when it was 75 degrees, no rain, nothing. So even rain makes me nervous. I just go slow and maybe say a little prayer everytime someone gets too close or my car slides or skids.
@indyJEEP: I will be more than happy to send you some snow. We have plenty of it here in Indiana. I bet Minnesota will send you some too. 😀
Post # 13
I’m from Upstate, NY so snow is pretty much a way of life around here. However, I REFUSE to drive in the snow. Thankfully, FI and I work for the same company so when it snows, I dont have to drive. I did drive in it for years and somehow managed to survive but I get so nervous doing it that it’s not worth it to me. We have a small car that doesn’t handle too well but FI’s brother who lives pretty close to us also happens to work in the same corporate park as we do. He has a pretty massive truck so when its really bad we carpool.
Post # 14
@In the media: hehe yeah… snow is more exciting when you’ve lived in sunny California your whole life! However, I do go to Tahoe a lot, so it’s not like I don’t ever see snow. I’m also easily excitable when it comes to thunder/lightning because ours is NOTHING like what ya get in the midwest! We could borrow some of that snow from the Metrodome in Minneapolis right about now 😉 yikes! http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/shutdown_corner/post/Unbelievable-video-of-Metrodome-collapse-from-in?urn=nfl-294816