AAA Offers Winter Driving Tips - What NOT to Do


INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Nov. 12, 2018 – Many parts of Indiana are expected to receive measurable snow during the next 24 hours. Since even small accumulations can change driving conditions, AAA wants to remind motorists what NOT to do as they navigate potentially slippery roadways tonight and in the months to come.

Don't drive at the same speed you would in clear, dry conditions.

  • Rain, snow and ice can dramatically reduce tire traction.
  • Drivers should slow down to regain the traction that is lost due to inclement weather.

Do not brake and turn at the same time.

  • Asking your vehicle to do two things at once makes it more likely that your tires will lose traction.
  • Brake first, then turn, then accelerate.

Don't follow behind other vehicles as closely as you would when driving in clear, dry conditions.

  • Your vehicle needs more time to slow down on slippery road surfaces.
  • Increase following distances to a minimum of 5-6 seconds.
  • Always keep open space to at least one side of your vehicle, in case you need to make an emergency lane change maneuver.

Don't be rough with your steering, acceleration and braking.

  • If you're not gentle with steering, acceleration and braking, your vehicle's balance can be negatively affected, which will increase the chances of your vehicle going into a spin.
  • Always steer, accelerate and brake smoothly.

Don't hit the brakes if you start to skid.

  • Slamming on the brakes can make the skid even worse.
  • If skidding, continue to look and steer the vehicle in the direction you want to go.