Winter driving tips
Driving safely in winter conditions requires knowledge, skill and four winter tires with proper tread.
You don’t have to live in Iceland to benefit from winter tires. If you frequently encounter snow or ice, or if the temperature is consistently near freezing, your tires need the extra grip and turning capabilities that only winter tires can deliver. Even if you have 4-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, you still need winter tires on the front and back to conquer the elements and help you stay safe.
Turning in bad weather requires extra attention.
Before turning, slow down while traveling in a straight line. While turning, maintain a slow and regular speed. If you accelerate suddenly, your tires could lose traction. While turning, don’t make any sudden steering wheel movements.
Braking in winter weather
Try to avoid sudden braking in winter weather.
Only brake in a straight line before the turn, and do so gradually. Do not brake during the turn. Increase your following distance from other cars significantly. If your wheels lock and slide, release the brake pedal to recover traction, then slowly brake again.
Driving with care
Keep this checklist in mind as you navigate the winter weather.
Drive with two hands. Always. Try to avoid changing lanes in slush. It’s safer to change lanes when slush is not on the road. If using chains, check for proper clearance between the tire and the vehicle, as well as the clearance between dual tires.
Tips for Driving at Night, in Fog, on Highways, & More
In search of tips for driving in difficult conditions? Michelin has tips for driving at night, tips for driving in fog, and safe driving tips for mountain areas.
Driving At Night
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Driving in Fog
Driving in fog can be difficult and dangerous. Michelin offers many tips to drive safely even when visibility is poor. Learn more.
Driving in High Winds
Driving in high winds can be scary and dangerous. Michelin offers many tips on how to drive safely when it is windy out. Learn more here.
Driving in Snow
Driving in snow and on ice can be scary and dangerous. Michelin offers many tips on how to drive safely in winter conditions. Learn more here.
Driving in Mud
Driving in the mud can be difficult. Michelin offers several tips to drive safely and keep control of your vehicle in mud. Learn more.
Driving in the Mountains
Driving in the mountains can be tricky and dangerous if you are not careful. Learn how to drive safely in the mountains with tips from Michelin.
Getting Your Car Ready for Winter
Wondering how to prep your car for winter? Michelin can help you get your car ready for those winter months - learn about air pressure, winter tires, and more.
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Road Trip Tips
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