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Rules for Winter Driving and Safety

Updated on February 7, 2012


With the winter months upon us, for those of us living in states that actually receive snow, it is important to remember how to drive during inclement weather. It seems like when the first storms of the winter hit, there is always an increase in the amount of accidents on the roadways. It appears as though a great deal of people forget how to operate their vehicles after not driving in snow for seven or eight months. There are a few simple things we can remember to do in an attempt to prevent putting ourselves in any compromising situations while driving in wintry weather.


1. Stay in: Only go out if you have to. The less amount of time you spend on the roads, the less danger you will be in.


2. Respect the road crews: The men out driving plow-trucks and salting the roads are putting themselves in danger by going out in the bad weather. I realize this is their job, and we are paying taxes for it. However, be respectful and appreciative of the job they are doing. It is not the easiest job, and they are doing their best to clear the roads. The fewer amount of drivers there are on the roads, the easier it will be for them to clean the snow off. Give plow trucks space on the roads because it is not always easy for them to see your car.


3. Slow down: You have to remember that you cannot drive as fast as normally. Give yourself more time to reach your destination. There is no need to be in a hurry and put yourself and other drivers in any more danger. We live in a fast-paced society, but sometimes we just need to relax.


4. 4X4: Having a truck, SUV, or anything that is four-wheel-drive does not mean that you can drive like a maniac in the snow. For some reason, drivers of these vehicles seem to become overly confident while driving in snow. Four-wheel-drive will not help you brake in the snow. You may have an advantage accelerating and a little extra maneuverability, but once you are already out of control, your four-wheel-drive will not help you regain that control or stop.


All of the items listed are pretty much common sense, but sometimes we need a little refresher. I want everyone to feel safe on the roads and reduce the risk of an accident. Think about these few small tips next time you drive in the snow. Be more aware of your driving in bad weather. My goal is for everyone to make it to their destination safely.


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    • Joelipoo profile image
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      Joelipoo 5 years ago from Ohio

      @ardie - I know about the snow and it's not stopping. I got called into work to do snow removal so I'm out in this weather right now.

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      Hey Joelipoo, then you must be very very close to me :D Yay for other Ohio Hubbers! Now I know of about 5 of us. And the snow is set to come in overnight so stay safe.

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      Joelipoo 5 years ago from Ohio

      @Ardie - I understand that for sure. I'm just slightly south of the snowbelt, but we still get the edge of the lake effect. People just don't like to slow down and be patient in this fast-paced world.

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      Yes, driving in winter can be dangerous! I live in NE Ohio so I get lake effect snow...tons at times. I have a 4x4 and I STILL slow way down and it makes people behind me upset. But I don't care ;) good hub with important information.

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      Joelipoo 5 years ago from Ohio

      @matt - Thanks. If you ever get the chance to ride around in the truck with guys out plowing the roads you will gain a new appreciation for what they do.

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      mattdigiulio 5 years ago

      Great stuff. As a battle-hardened Vermonter (with a battered Subaru) I can both relate and appreciate. I like how you included the "respect road crews" paragraph. Voting up, all that.

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      Joelipoo 5 years ago from Ohio

      Sorry about not having a comment box. I fixed that. I greatly appreciate you pointing that out to me.

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      Ann Carr 5 years ago from SW England

      Interesting and informative. I've just read your hub about children being little miracles but you have no comment box there - I could identify with every bit. I am a grandma of 3, the two youngest being just 1 year old (cousins). The speech thing is so engaging - I find that my granddaughter says the same thing over again and more loudly if I don't understand her; she's very determined! Try listening to see if the speech sounds are exactly the same and you'll see what I mean. Your girlfriend is very lucky to have you! Good Luck. annart

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      Joelipoo 5 years ago from Ohio

      I especially noticed people not knowing how to drive when I was up in Toledo going to school. The rain gets them every time.

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      Rachel Richmond 5 years ago from California

      Good reminders. It seems like people do forget how to drive when the weather changes...even in the rain.