What NOT to Do When Driving in the Winter

What NOT to Do When Driving in the Winter

Adjust Your Speed, Braking and Space
AAA Staff
driving in the snow

AAA is a great resource to turn to for tips on good driving, like how to drive in the rough winter weather this region is known for. In fact, here are some winter driving tips right here.

But what about driving behaviors that should be avoided during the winter? When it comes to winter driving, here’s what you should remember NOT to do:

1. Don’t continue at the same speed you would be traveling in clear, dry conditions

  • Rain, snow and ice can dramatically reduce your tires’ traction.
  • Drivers should slow down to regain the traction that is lost due to the weather.

2. Do not brake and turn at the same time, or be rough with your steering/braking

  • Asking your vehicle to do two things at a time makes it more likely that your tires will lose traction
  • Brake first, then turn, then accelerate.
  • If you’re not gentle with steering, acceleration, and braking, your vehicle’s balance can be negatively affected, increasing the chance of experiencing a skid.
  • Always steer, accelerate and brake smoothly.
  • Slamming on the brakes can make the skid even worse.
  • If skidding, continue to look and steer the vehicle in the direction you want to go.

3. Don’t follow behind other vehicles as closely as you would when driving in clear, dry conditions

  • Slick roads mean your vehicle cannot slow down as quickly.
  • Increase following distances to a minimum of 5-6 seconds.
  • Always keep open space to at least one side of your vehicle, in case you need to make an emergency lane change maneuver.


Know what to do, and what not to do, in all road conditions. AAA’s driver training instructors can help drivers stay safe behind the wheel through every season. Learn more.

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