Tips On How To Face White Knuckle Driving

There’s no lack of tips for winter driving.

Here are some of the most important safeguards this time of year, courtesy the Fairfax County Police Department in Virginia. 

  • Allow enough time. Trips can take longer during winter than other times of the year, especially if you encounter storm conditions or icy roads. Get an early start and leave plenty of time to reach your destination.
  • Keep glass clear. Use a snow brush or scraper on your windshield and windows. The defroster and a clean cloth can keep the windows fog free.
  • Snow and ice increase stopping distances dramatically, so keep your seat belt buckled and leave more distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you. Avoid sudden stops and quick direction changes.
  • Visibility is often limited by winter weather. Slow down and watch for other vehicles that have flashing lights as visibility may be so restricted during a storm that it is difficult to see the slow-moving equipment.
  • When stalled, stay with your vehicle and try to conserve fuel while maintaining warmth. Be alert to any possible exhaust or monoxide problems.
  • Keep the gas tank full. It may be necessary to change routes or turn back during a bad storm or you may be caught in a traffic delay.