Snow or ice on the road creates less traction or grip between the tires and the road and can make for tricky driving conditions. It is very important to take it slow and drive extra carefully when traveling in snowy or icy weather.
Another big hazard is black ice, which can occur at about 32°F (0°C), when freezing rain begins to fall, and can result in even less traction. Play it safe by avoiding driving on black ice or in freezing rain until roads can be treated with salt or sand.
Practice safe driving, whatever the condition. Accelerate gently to retain as much traction as possible. If you accelerate too quickly, your vehicle’s wheels will spin and may cause the surface under the tires to become slick.
The Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) improves vehicle stability during hard stops on slippery roads, but when driving in snowy or icy conditions, you should apply the brakes sooner than when on dry pavement.
Always allow greater following distance on any slippery road and keep an eye out for slippery spots. Wet or icy patches can occur on otherwise clear roads in shaded areas. The surface of a curve or an overpass can remain icy when the surrounding roads are clear. Avoid sudden steering maneuvers and braking while on ice.
Turn off cruise control on slippery surfaces.