Rules of winter driving

Make sure all movements are controlled and deliberate. Accelerate slowly to avoid loss of traction and subsequent loss of control. Move in a manner that will allow others to adjust to your actions. Anticipate actions of other drivers and drive defensively. Bridges and overpasses freeze before other road surfaces – use caution. Remember – “Smooth and slow on ice and snow.”
Beware of “black ice” when the roadway appears dry but the color of the pavement is darker and dull looking. Driving in winter conditions causes rapid mental and physical fatigue and reduces reaction times. Use greater following distances. Stopping distances on roads with ice and snow can triple over distances under normal conditions. Double or triple the 2-second count rule to create a safety buffer zone behind the vehicle in front of yours. Pass with care: passing lanes are not as well maintained as driving lanes. Brake and steer gently and deliberately. Brake carefully with short rapid application of the brakes. Turn on your low-beam headlights or fog lights whenever fog, rain or snow reduces visibility. High beams increase the glare and reduce visibility.