How to Drive in Snow and Ice
When it comes to driving on snow and ice, the first thing you should always determine is whether driving is necessary. Driving in severe winter weather is inherently dangerous and should be avoided if possible. If you absolutely have to drive, the below tips can help you stay safe.
Know Your Drivetrain & Tires
Vehicles have different driving characteristics in winter weather based on their driven wheels. Check out our winter driving page on FWD, RWD, AWD and 4WD layouts to learn the advantages and nuances of each drivetrain.
Remember, a good set of winter tires will allow your vehicle to accelerate, brake and steer more predictably and safely in snow and ice compared to all-season tires.
Test the Road Conditions
Keep in mind conditions often change quickly and sometimes colder conditions can permit safer driving than when temperatures are closer to the freezing point. View our winter driving preparedness tips to make sure your vehicle is up for the challenge before heading out.
Whether it is your first time driving in snow or you are a veteran of wintry roads, determining current conditions will help you know what to expect on your drive. Find an empty stretch of road to test braking, acceleration and steering inputs to get a feel for winter driving conditions.