Tips for Driving in the Snow

As winter approaches, it’s essential to know the proper techniques for driving in the snow and in icy conditions.

The most important thing is to make sure your car is well-prepared and has received proper maintenance, and that you feel confident getting behind the wheel. See our post on Common Car Troubles. Remember though, that if you’re truly uncomfortable and can avoid driving, then just stay at home and enjoy a day outside of your car.

Here are some winter driving tips from QA Collision for driving in the snow and ice and in bad weather conditions:


Make sure your headlights are on. This will increase the visibility of other cars, and increase your visibility to other drivers.

Snowplows & Sanding Trucks

Let snowplows and sanding trucks do their jobs. Do not pass them and keep your distance – chances are that visibility is worse in front of them.


Decrease your speed and leave plenty of extra space between you and the vehicle in front of you. You never know where there may be black ice or where you will need to brake suddenly.

Gear Down

Use a lower gear to increase traction, especially when driving uphill.


Brake gently, not suddenly, to avoid skidding or slipping on ice. Most modern vehicles now have anti-locking brakes to help keep you safe. If you forget that if you have ABS brakes, do not pump them, when they pulse, it is completely normal and is reducing the buildup of snow or ice under your tires.

Front, Rear, or 4-Wheel Drive?

Your experience driving in the snow will be different depending on what type of vehicle you have; four-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, or front-wheel drive. Each of these will all handle differently in winter. See this post by Edmonds, All About Front-, Rear-, Four- and All-Wheel Drive.

If you need to practice driving in the snow, we recommend visiting an open parking lot after a snowfall and trying some of the techniques listed above to improve your confidence before you head out on the roads. This will also familiarize you with the handling capabilities of your vehicle.

Everyone at Quality Assured sends you Season’s Greetings and a reminder to drive safely, drive responsibly, and enjoy the winter!


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