Winter Driving Tips

Winter Driving Tips

While it doesn’t usually snow in Houston, every few years we get lucky enough to see flurries or even just a bit of snowfall that sticks to the ground. This month on the 7th, Texas residents and travelers from Brenham to Austin witnessed anywhere from one to four inches of snow (which is pretty heavy snowfall for Texans, of course!). It’s been a rough year for weather here, especially in the south, where some Houston residents are still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The gentle snowfall was surely welcomed as it covered grounds, trees, buildings and cars and turned the southern part of the state into a winter wonderland. It also served as a reminder to brush up on some safety tips for driving during the winter months.

Here are a few tips for driving in icy weather:

  1. Watch the weather. If you’re planning on traveling, check the weather forecast for road conditions and make sure to give yourself plenty of extra time to reach your destination.
  2. Slow down. Always drive slower than the posted speed, especially when you’re unfamiliar with the roads.
  3. Accelerate and decelerate slowly.
  4. Avoid heavy breaking.
  5. Be aware of bridges and other places in the road that ice over. Some of the most common accidents occur because drivers lose control over icy patches in the road.
  6. Increase your following distance.
  7. Avoid using cruise control.

Have any more tips? Feel free to comment!

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