How to Drive Safely on Snow and Ice

By Colin Bird  on December 28, 2010

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As the Northeast digs out of one of worst snowstorms in recent memory and a large snowstorm looms over the upper Northwest, we figured it’s a good time to give our readers some tips for driving on snow and ice.

According to a NBC’s “Today Show,” snow and ice magnify poor driving techniques. The No. 1 mistake people make in snowy driving conditions is braking and turning at the same time. You should only do one or the other for more controlled driving. If your car has antilock brakes, don’t pump them when braking. Instead, apply steady pressure to them. Braking takes four to 10 times longer on ice and snow, so be sure to watch your speed and the traffic situation. For more tips on winter driving, watch the “Today” video below.

According to AAA, you should keep a shovel, ice scraper, flashlight, a first-aid kit and a cell phone charger in your car in case of an emergency. You should also keep kitty litter, sand or ice melt in your car in case it gets stuck in the snow.

According to “Today,” nearly 64,000 injuries and 1,400 deaths are caused by snowy conditions. The most important thing to do is pay extra attention to the road this time of year.

For more winter safety information, check out our Cars.com Advice column.

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