Tips for Driving in Snow

  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry. And take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.

  • Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, turning – nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement. Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly.

  • The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.

  • Know your brakes. Whether you have antilock brakes or not, the best way to stop is threshold breaking. Keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal.

  • Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.

  • Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads just starts your wheels spinning. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed downhill as slowly as possible.

Driving in Snow Tips

Winter Driving Tips

  • Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather tasks reduces driving risks.

  • Never turn on or warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage without proper ventilation.

  • Ensure all tires are properly inflated.  

  • Never mix tire types with other tire types. Example, if you have radial tires on a car. All four tires should be radial tires.

  • Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up.

  • If possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy and snowy weather.

  • Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface (wet, ice, sand).

  • Use your seat belt before you depart, every time you get into your vehicle.

  • If, driving in an area with known poor cellphone coverage. Be sure to have written or stored emergency contact information. Including a local towing service.

  • Avoid all distractions to the driver.

Winter Safety Checklist

Winter Hazard Awareness and Safety Information provided by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Click below to learn more about winter driving safety tips. 


If you have additional questions about winter driving safety or would like to speak with a Tri-State Towing & Recovery representative. Call us at (507) 272-1176 we would love to hear from you. Remember when traveling during winter months in Minnesota - Safety First! 

Driving in Snow

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