White SUV Driving on Winter Road with Snow and Ice

Tips and Tricks for Safe Winter Driving on Vermont Roads

Top 5 Winter Driving Safety Tips for Vermont Drivers

Unless you are new to the Vermont and New Hampshire state line area, you have undoubtedly experience the brutal cold and bone-chilling snow that is a mainstay of New England winters. Even if you have been there and done that, it may be time for a refresher course on how to handle your car on snow and ice. Take a look at our winter safety checklist here at White River Toyota with this list of top 5 winter driving safety tips for Vermont drivers and stay safe when you get behind the wheel of your 2017 Toyota RAV4 this winter.

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  1. Check Your Tires

When it comes to driving on snow and ice, traction is the name of the game. Ensure that your tires are in good shape before the snow starts to fall this winter. Double check tread depth with the penny test and make sure to take a look at the tire pressure. If you are looking for a set of snow tires for the season, be sure to visit the White River Toyota Service Department before winter arrives.

  1. Plan Ahead

Before you hit the road this winter, make sure to check the weather forecast. If officials are advising you to stay off the roads, you may want to reconsider that night out on the town you had planned. Dress warm and pack your emergency kit, just in case you get stranded and make sure to give your car time to warm up before you head out.

  1. Take It Slow

The number one rule of winter driving safety is — Slow Down. Give yourself more time to accelerate and brake when you are on snow and ice. Do not dart into traffic and add extra distance when following another vehicle. Try to avoid sudden braking, accelerating or sharp turns when you drive this winter.

  1. Know What To Do When You Slide

It is important to your safety that you know what to do in the event of a skid or slide. When you lose traction and slide, it is imperative that you steer into the skid, let off the gas and pump brakes. This should help you regain traction and will help you stay safe on the road this winter.

Woman Walking on a Snow-Covered Road
  1. Take a Winter Test Drive

When the white stuff starts to pile up, go out and take a winter test drive. Find an empty parking lot and reacclimate yourself to winter driving in Vermont. It is easy to forget how dangerous driving on snow and ice can be if it has been a year or more since you last had to. Test out acceleration, braking and steering in a safe environment.

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Are you ready for winter in Vermont? Mentally prepare yourself for the dangers of winter driving with this list of top 5 winter driving safety tips for Vermont drivers. Stick to this winter safety checklist and avoid slips and slides on snow-covered roads this season. Are you looking for a vehicle that is better suited for winter driving? Check out the Toyota of Greensburg inventory to find the perfect fit this winter