What should you know to stay safe on an icy road?

Each year when the snow begins to fall, you may be caught off guard by how it affects the road conditions in Montana. When the winter season arrives, you will undoubtedly have to drive in less-than-ideal weather on roads that may sometimes be covered in ice. Understanding how to safely operate your vehicle and modify your driving is critical to protecting yourself and your passengers. 

Before you get into your vehicle, you should make sure that all of the snow is cleared on the windows. Sometimes, it takes several minutes for the ice to thoroughly defrost before your windshield wipers can clean your window entirely. It is imperative that you wait the entire time to make sure that there are no obstructions to your visibility before you begin driving. Additionally, you should always make sure that your lights are on when it is foggy or snowing outside and that you and your passengers have fastened seatbelts. 

According to The Boston Globe, you should double your following distance to allow plenty of time for slowing and stopping when there is ice on the road. If you have to go up a hill, keep your pace slow and steady to avoid sliding or spinning. If you do begin sliding, you should lightly tap your gas to allow yourself to regain traction. Keeping your pace slow will also reduce the need to stop which will reduce your chances of sliding. If you do have to stop, stop slowly and give yourself plenty of time. If possible, avoid driving in inclement weather unless you have to. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.