- If you don't have to drive--don't! But if you must, drive defensively and smart.
- Before beginning your trip, know the current road conditions. Go to http://www.in.gov/isp/ (State Police website)
- Be alert for potential driving hazards including downed branches, trees, electric lines and icy areas,
such as shady spots and bridges.
- Leave a few minutes early to allow extra time to get to your destination.
- Slow down. Triple the usual distance between your car and the one ahead.
- Stay in the plowed lane; avoid driving over the ridges between the plowed areas. If you must switch lanes,
slow down, signal and move over slowly.
- Don't pass a snowplow or spreader unless it is absolutely necessary.
- Don't park along the street. Snowplow drivers can't fully clear a road if cars are in their way.
- If you skid, steer into the skid. If the back of your car is skidding to the left, for example, turn the
steering wheel to the left.
- Don't pump your brakes, and avoid locking them up. If your brakes lock, take your foot off the brake pedal
for a moment.
- If you're involved in a fender-bender, move the cars out of the lanes of travel.
- Keep an emergency winter driving kit with a blanket and flashlight in the car.
- While driving, keep your headlights on. Keep snow and ice off your mirrors, windows and lights.
- As always, wears your seatbelts.
- If your car has an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and you must brake, be sure to press the brake pedal