Driving in snow and slush is probably the worst thing about winter. It’s slow, it’s a little scary, and it makes every other driver more hysterical and reckless than usual. But there are ways to minimize your risk!
Always leave early when there’s snow or slush on the ground. Driving too fast because you left at your normal time will lead to disaster. Keep your distance from other cars, and give yourself more stopping distance than usual so you don’t end up rear-ending anyone.
If you’re having trouble keeping track of the lines on the road, just following behind the person in front of you. Following in the tracks left by other cars means you’re making less contact with the slush and are less likely to lose traction.
Don’t use cruise control. You need to be able to slow down by taking your foot of the gas—braking is not a good idea if you’re skidding! If you have cruise control on, you have no other way to slow down but your brakes.
Be even more cautious than usual. Remember what we said about everyone being hysterical and reckless? That’s not an exaggeration, so be careful!