Winter Driving

Winter Driving

Driving Safely in Winter Weather


  • Ø  The leading cause of death during winter storms is transportation accidents. Many accidents could be avoided if drivers took time to learn and practice these tips for driving safely during snowy and icy conditions.
  • Ø  Failing to allow enough time to stop is a major cause of winter driving accidents.
  • Ø  During slippery conditions, stopping distances can triple.
  • Ø  Driving at a slower speed, anticipating stops at traffic lights and intersections, and applying brakes sooner than normal; will help ensure accident-free stops.
  • Ø  When braking, brake carefully with short, rapid application of the brakes.
  • Ø  Always allow plenty of extra space between you and other vehicles to minimize the need for quick stops.
  • Ø  Acceleration, turning, and passing; present dangers during winter.
  • Ø  Accelerate slowly to avoid loss of traction and subsequent loss of control.
  • Ø  Turn slowly, to avoid sliding into a stationary object or the path of an oncoming vehicle.
  • Ø  Avoid sudden movements. Pass with care, passing lanes are not maintained as well as driving lanes.
  • Ø  Again, leave extra space between yourself and other vehicles so there is room to maneuver in case something goes wrong.
  • Ø  During a skid, steer cautiously in the direction you want to go.

Ø  Rain

Ø  Fog

Ø  Snow

Ø  Ice

Ø  High Winds

Ø  Loss of Control & Jackknife Prevention

Ø  Weather Management

Ø  Slips, Trips, & Falls

Ø  Winter Maintenance

Ø  Learn how various weather conditions affect the way you should drive.

Ø  Learn to recognize the onset of extreme weather conditions.

Ø  Minimize accidents.

Ø  Learn how to protect yourself and the driving public.

Format Classroom: Workshop style instruction with interactive discussion and practical exercises.

Resources: Student Manual, hands-on training.

Evaluation: Full attendance, participation, and practical evaluation test for successful Completion.

Duration:  5 Hours (3 Hours in Class and 2 Hours in Vehicle).

Certification: Certificate of Completion

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