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How can I drive safely in the snow?

Winter will be here before you know it, which means you might find yourself driving on snow-covered roads. Even seasoned drivers can be involved in accidents due to snow and ice, and these accidents may have deadly consequences.

Accordingly, it is up to you to preserve your safety behind the wheel, while also preserving the safety of others. To help you do just that, U.S. News & World Report offers the following advice.

Slow down

Even if you are diligent about always driving the speed limit, you must go slower when there is snow and ice on the ground. Speed limits are designed for optimum road conditions, which means drivers should adjust their speeds accordingly when the weather calls for it. Along with your general speed, make sure you are accelerating carefully, as your tires could easily lose traction on slick roads.

Depress your brakes early

The earlier you begin to brake, the more time you will have to come to a complete stop. This is crucial when roads are wet and slippery, as your vehicle could easily coast into a skid. If you brake too late, you might collide with the vehicle in front of you. For even greater safety, leave plenty of room between your car and others.

Clean off your windshield

Snow and ice on your windshield greatly reduce visibility. Do not rely on your windshield wipers and heater to do all the work for you while you are driving. Wake up early if you have to and properly clean your windshield, as well as the rest of your vehicle. This will also prevent snow from flying off your roof and obscuring the vision of the vehicle traveling behind you.