Driving during the winter season can seem scary, but it doesn’t have to be. When you practice simple, safe winter driving, you keep yourself, your family, and your fellow drivers safe all season long. New to a snowy state or need a winter driving refresher? Follow our simple winter driving tips when you hit the road this winter.

Be Prepared

Winter is coming and that means you should be preparing your vehicle. Make sure your tires are in good condition and purchase snow tires or chains if necessary. Consider taking your car in for an oil change and check up too. This ensures that you have all the antifreeze and wiper fluid you’ll need for the winter season. Preparedness also includes keeping a first aid kit and other emergency supplies in your car at all times.

Rules of the Road

One tried and true winter driving tip is when driving in the snow leave lots of space between you and the car in front of you. Watch the road attentively for signs of black ice and if you begin to spin out on a slippery patch, turn your wheel in the direction that the back of the car is sliding. If several cars begin to slow down, follow the pattern and do not try to pass. It is likely that the cars are on a patch of ice. Lastly, if you encounter winter fog, do not use your brights.

Your Car 101

Knowing your car is a great way to make sure you’re safe on the road. Know how your car handles certain situations and learn important facts about your vehicle. Take time to learn where all the buttons, like the hazards, are located so you can quickly find them when necessary. And last of all, don’t forget to clear all the ice and snow from your windows before you drive.


Before you ever hit the road, make sure you have a strong in case of emergency (I.C.E) plan. Have emergency supplies in the car and have an emergency worker contact plan. Know where your nearest collision repair shop is so you can get your car fixed quickly. It is also a good idea to brush up on your CPR knowledge in case of a life-threatening collision.

Last Winter Driving Tip

Have other questions about winter driving tips or need a collision quote? Contact us at Cascade Collision today.