Tips for driving on snow and ice

Toto, I don’t think we’re in Florida anymore. This was what my rental car looked like when I walked outside to get in it this morning.
Some of us Traveling Mamas are Southern Mamas, and we’re just not used to seeing stuff like this. But if you travel regularly in the winter like I do, this is going to happen to you eventually.

So, here are some tips for driving in the snow if you are caught traveling in it.

1. Consider reserving a 4-wheel drive vehicle if you are renting a car for winter travels. It will cost a little more, but if you need it it’s great to have. Many rental car offices have limited 4-wheel drives, so don’t wait until the day before your trip to check the weather and reserve one – that’s what everyone else is doing. Better to have it reserved in advance just in case.

2. Wait until mid-day to drive if you can. Give the snow plows time to clear as many roads as possible.

3. Ask locals at your hotel, a restaurant or a gas station about what routes are usually cleared first. If you’re in a place where snow is common, they’ll know.

4. Don’t pass the snow plow. I saw two cars do this this morning. Why would you choose to drive on the unplowed road?

5. Slow down – slower than you think you need to be driving – and leave lots of extra room between you and the car in front of you.

6. Don’t brake and turn at the same time. If you start to skid, take your foot off the gas and turn into the skid, not away from it.

7. You know those lower gears you never use on your car? Use em. You’ll get better traction on snow and ice.

8. Remember that roads that look clear could still have ice on them that you can’t see, and bridges and less traveled roads freeze first.

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