Driving at night comes with its own dangers and driving in the snow comes with its own dangers. If you combine these driving conditions, the results may be less than ideal. Sometimes, driving in poor conditions is unavoidable. In that case, there are things you should do to stay as safe as possible. Keep reading to learn more.
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3 ways to make nighttime winter driving safer
This is an obvious way to drive safer no matter what season it is, but it is imperative in the wintertime. Driving slower gives you more time to react to the unexpected and gives you a better chance to stop if you start slipping on snow or ice. Consider driving 5 to 10 mph under the posted speed limit.
Turn on your fog lights
It should go without saying that your headlights should also be turned on if they aren’t automatic. Additionally, if you have fog lights, you should turn those on. Not only do they help other motorists see you in the snow, they improve your own visibility.
Increase your following distance
Don’t get so close to other vehicles. Your normal following distance should be about three to four seconds, but when the weather is bad and visibility is reduced, you should extend your following distance to 8 to 10 seconds. This, again, gives you more time to react to things that happen more often in the snow. Stay safe out on the roads!