cars driving north on i15 in snow storm



Follow these tips and you'll be steering and stopping instead of slipping and sliding.

ice and snow take it slow

You have to slow down

People driving too fast is the main cause of crashes in winter. Slow down. We'll say it again later.

80 mph speed limit sign on snowy road

Drive UNDER the speed limit

The posted speed limit is for dry, ideal conditions. If it's wet, snowy or icy, you should be going under the speed limit.

cars turning on a slushy road

Avoid quick stops, starts and turns

Accelerate slowly, brake gently and don't turn quickly.

car preparing to turn on slushy road

Increase your following distance

You need more space to safely stop when its wet, snowy and icy.

cars driving on a snowy road

Use extra caution when changing lanes

Snow and slush can form ridges between lanes that can be really slippery and cause you to lose control. Avoid them if at all possible.

always buckle up

Always buckle up

Crash risk increases in bad weather - seat belts save lives.

Winter coats can interfere with proper car seat fit

Coats can interfere with car seat fit

Place coats or blankets around children after the harness is snug and secure. Watch a video showing how coats affect car seat fit.

4 wheel drive can give drivers a false sense of security in winter driving conditions

4WD and AWD don't make you invincible

They help with traction, but they don't help with stopping and turning. And they can create a false sense of security - you still need to slow down.

Watch for black ice

Watch for black ice

Black ice looks more like a wet spot than a patch of ice and causes many crashes. Get tips for driving on ice here.

bridge ices before road sign

Bridges freeze first

Use extra caution on bridges - the road on either side may just be wet, but the bridge may be icy.

five snow plows in tandem

The road behind an active snow plow is safer to drive on

If you find yourself behind a snow plow, stay behind it and use extreme caution if you pass. Never pass on the right.

turn into a skid

If you skid, ease off the gas and turn into the skid

If you start skidding, ease off the gas, steer in the direction the back of your car is going. Watch a video demonstrating this.

Clear ice and snow off your vehicle roof - if it hardens it can become very dangerous while driving

Snow left on your car can be hazardous

If it hardens, it can fly off and cause damage similar to what is in this picture.

Clear ice and snow off windows, headlights and brake lights and signals

Clear snow and ice for visibility

Clear all frost and snow off from your windows, headlights, brake lights and signals.

picture of cruise control on dashboard

Don't use cruise control

Road surfaces and conditions are constantly changing - you need to be in full control.

mule deer in a snowy field

Watch for deer

They can be more active after storms. 

picture of gas gauge in car

Keep your gas tank close to full

If you get stuck in a traffic jam or snow, you might need more fuel than you anticipated to get home or to keep warm.

jacket, hat, gloves, boots and scarf

Dress for the weather

If something goes wrong and you're stuck, you don't want to be wearing flip flops and shorts.

watch face

Give yourself more time

Traffic will likely be moving slower and if you rush, you really put yourself at risk of crashing.

mug on a table with a book in front of a fireplace

Stay home - if you really don't need to go anywhere

If a trip isn't essential, enjoy the snow with a warm fire and a good book. Or binge watch your favorite show.