As Michigan faces another round of snow and wintry weather, it’s important to remember a few major tips for driving in the snow. Cautious, slow driving from this bus driver protected the lives of local school children.  

Tips for Driving in the Snow

  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly.  Apply the gas slowly to accelerate for regaining traction and avoiding skids.  Remember it takes longer to slow down.
  • Drive slowly.  Everything takes longer, nothing happens as quickly on as on dry pavement.
  • Normal dry pavement following distance is 3-4 seconds, and when driving in wintry precipitation it should be increased to at least 8-10 seconds.  Increased margins will increase safety and provide the longer distance if you need to stop.
  • Don’t stop if you can avoid it.  There is a big difference in a rolling stop and full stop – if you can slow down over time, do it.
  • Don’t power up on hills.  Applying extra gas on snow-covred roads just starts your wheels spinning.  Towards the crest of any hill, reduce your speed and proceed down the hill as slowly as possible.

About Jeremy Crookston

Jeremy Crookston has won Meteorology awards through Ohio University, AMS, NOAA, and has presented ZDR research in Charleston, SC, Washington D.C. and Seattle, WA. While majoring in Meteorology, he serves as Leadership President with the College of Business, and also majors in Marketing and MIS. He loves nature, reading and especially a good cup of coffee.