Tips for Driving in the Winter

by Harleigh Markowitz

As we head into February, the heart of the winter snow, driving can become increasingly more difficult. Take into consideration that second semester is now in full speed and we all have things to do and places to be, safe driving practices can too often be left on the side of the road. As a new driver, who has only had their license for about a month, I know firsthand how intimidating winter driving may be. I am constantly hearing horror stories of teen drivers who skidded off of streets into ditches or who lost control behind the wheel, so it is an understatement to say that I am extremely anxious about braving the worst of the winter weather on the roads. Wanting to prepare myself as best I possible could, I took to the internet to do some research. I have compiled a list of practical driving tips, and I thought’d I’d share, so we can all stay warm and safe as we continue to plow through another season the Cleveland weather.

  1. Accelerate and decelerate slowly
  2. Remember that it takes longer to slow down on icy roads
  3. Drive slowly, even if it’s not snowing, the ground may still be icy
  4. Know your brakes
  5. Keep at least a half a tank of gas in your car at all times
  6. Limit distractions
  7. Make sure your tires are inflated properly
  8. Do not use cruise control on slippery surfaces
  9. Always wear a seat belt

Be safe this winter!