Driving Safely in Snow in New York

Anyone living in New York knows that snow is par for the course during the cold, winter months. Snow can be treacherous when driving. Not only can the road get slippery, but your visibility can be impaired during a snow squall. Fortunately, there are some safety precautions you can take to help you arrive at your destination safely.

  • Prepare you car. Having a great set of snow tires or all-season tires is your first priority to combat the hazards of winter driving. In addition, keep winter driving supplies in your vehicle. These include a snow shovel, ice scraper, gravel (in case you get stuck in the snow), blanket, water, and non-perishable food.
  • Practice safe driving methods. Drive at a speed that is safe for road conditions, which may be well under the speed limit. Leave enough distance between your car and the vehicle in front of you to be able to abruptly stop. These days, most cars have anti-lock brakes, but if you don’t, you’ll need to pump your brakes to avoid skidding. Although it against your natural indications, you should turn into a skid, says Edmunds.com.
  • Stay home. If you do not have to be out on the New York roads during a snow storm, stay home. It’s best to allow the storm to blow through, and give road crews time and space to clear the roads.