Winter Safety: 9 Tips on Driving on Icy Slopes or Hills

George Davis

Driving in snow means facing a multitude of tests. First, there is the test in humility. No matter how good a driver you are, winter driving requires you to slow down. Second is the test in patience. You want so bad to get to where you have to go. But you have no choice but to keep a longer following distance from the vehicle in front of you. Third is the test in colors. If you don’t know the color of black ice, you’re more likely to skid on the road.

These and more make driving on ice- and snow-covered roads a tough ordeal for both rookie and experienced drivers. If you think this is the most challenging driving can get, think again. Nothing could probably match the struggles that come with driving on icy slopes.

Workers who have to go on the road during this season might have experienced navigating icy hills. Without proper know-how and practice, it’s easy to slide back down and meet an injury along the way. Here are some general tips you should apply when driving on icy slopes or hills:

1. Tire for all seasons

…or not. One of the best winter driving precautions is getting winter tires for your vehicle, instead of the ever present all weather tires. While you’re at it, get some snow chains to keep you from skidding.

2. Tomorrow never dies.

It’s always best to postpone your trip when the roads and hills are slippery. This is especially true during winter storms.

3. Slow down.

Just slow down. Keep things slow. Never go fast. How else do you want me to put it?

4. Just say no!

…to icy roads. Avoid driving on icy roads as much as possible.

5. Choosing sides

This is similar to taking the road not taken. By avoiding paths taken by other vehicles, you might have a chance at having better traction. There’s no better way to do this than driving on the sides.

6. Bust a groove!

Always be on the lookout for grooves made by other cars. Just get out of them as much as you can. Remember that grooves are much more slippery than other spots on the road.

7. Look, Ma, sand on the road!

Yes, better look for this, too. This time, you should drive on spots with sand since they have better traction than snow-covered surfaces.

8. From the start

A lot of factors rely on how well you start your driving from the bottom of the hill. Just keep in mind to accelerate at the bottom of the hill. This way, you have extra momentum as you climb up the slope or hill.

9. Spin Doctor

Should you spin along the way, don’t panic. Release the pressure on the accelerator.

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