The first snow of the season—it was a doozy.  Lots of snow, the ever-present black ice to make a commute more treacherous, and frayed nerves.  Did you encounter such weather?  Additional types of difficult driving conditions can be encountered in the following scenarios:

     Snow-covered roads

    Heavy rain

    Bright sunlight

What driving strategies can you employ to ensure you will arrive safely at your destination?  Remember to always drive defensively and follow these common sense guidelines:

  • Lower your speed.
    • The worse the weather conditions, the more braking distance you will need to safely stop.  Reduce your speed to decrease your braking distance.
  • Enlarge your following distance.
    • On the flip-side of decreasing your vehicle speed is following distance.  Increase your following distance to ensure adequate decision-making time to avoid other vehicles or obstacles in the road.
  • Headlights on.
    • Always be seen by other drivers—turn on your headlights and taillights.
    • Use your low-beams.  Do not blind other drivers and avoid blinding yourself when driving in heavy snow, fog and rain as they reflect light.
  • Windshield wipers on.
    • Virginia law requires you to turn on your headlights (and taillights) when your windshield wipers are in use (fully or intermittently).
  • No abrupt braking.
    • Braking abruptly can be dangerous.  It may cause you to lose traction on slick surfaces or on standing water.
  • Be patient.
    • You will need a healthy dose of patience when driving in less-than-ideal weather conditions.
  • Drive defensively.
    • Drive defensively, remain courteous on the road, and get to your destination safely.

Do drive safely out there in the dog days of winter.

Happy driving!  Drive Safely!


Comments (3)

  • anon

    I do try to follow these rules though I can stand to improve in some areas.

    May 27, 2019
  • anon

    Very helpful

    Jan 06, 2020
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