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How to Drive in Snow

How to Drive in Snow

Winter driving isn’t usually a fun time, so we’ve thought of some helpful suggestions to drive in snowy conditions. 

  1. Allow Enough Time. The last thing you want to do is end up in a ditch because you were running late and slipped on some ice or wet snow with your vehicle. 
  2. Increase Your Distance. It takes a certain length of distance for your vehicle to stop in dry conditions, you should double that in wet or icy conditions. Don’t crowd the snowplows, give them enough space to work. It is common for snow plows to travel slowly, make wide turns, stop often, overlap lanes, and exit the road frequently.
  3. Turn On Your Lights. If it’s actively snowing, be sure to have your headlights on so you can see them and so other drivers can see you as well. Letting other people know where you are in poor weather is essential for safe driving. 
  4. Clean Off Your Windshield. Use a scraper, your windshield wipers, or even your arm by keeping snow off your windshield so you can see where you are going. It’s just plain smart. One helpful tip that we’ve found through our years of winters is by clearing off most of your hood as well will prevent snow from flying into your clean windshield once you get your vehicle moving. 
  5. Slowing Down. Maintain the right speed by using light, steady pressure on the brake pedal. By doing so, you will be able to maintain traction with your braking system. If your car does not have ABS, start slowly and keep it slow by lightly pumping the brakes. Cruise control should never be used in icy conditions.
  6. Keep Your Gas Tank Full. Especially in a snow storm, or nearly full. You obviously don’t want to drive from gas station to gas station filling up your vehicle on your travels to keep it full, but when your gas gauge is below half full in winter, it’s time to start looking for a fueling station. Having it at minimum half full in winter allows for extra time for emergency vehicles or Limitless Towing to reach you – wherever you may be stuck.

Safety First

By following these suggestions and by just being a smart driver, you will get to your destination safely. If you find yourself in a predicament, without fuel, or in need of a tow out of the ditch in the winter, keep our phone number stored in your phone. You can read more about what our customers say on our Testimonials page. Our contact number is 847-851-4400 our drivers are trained to help you in any situation in the Chicago suburbs.