19 Tips For Driving in the South Dakota Snow
A few years ago the Minnehaha County Highway Department put together these winter driving tips.
They are pretty good. But, we have a couple to add to it.
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Winter Driving Tips from the Minnehaha County Highway Department
- If there is snow, slow down.
- Drive at an appropriate speed for the conditions
- Allow more time to arrive at your destination.
- Know the road conditions before traveling
- Remove snow and ice from all glass and lights (yes there are people who need to be told this, right Tasha?)
- Check your tires' tread and pressure
- Don't crowd the plow. Provide at least 5 car lengths and do not pass a snowplow when it is actively working.
- Do not use cruise control.
- Provide more stopping distance, keep more space between you and the vehicle ahead of you.
- Be mindful of black ice.
- Turn on your headlights.
- Drive defensively
- Never drive through "white-outs."
- Delay your trip until conditions improve.
- No texting while driving. But keep your cell phone handy in case of emergencies.
- Never leave your vehicle if stuck. Wait for help to arrive.
I have a couple of winter driving tips to add to this...
- Don't be a selfish driver: Trying to race everyone to your destination in a city the size of Sioux Falls is only going to help you arrive 2 minutes earlier, tops. Drive with the mindset that you're going make room for everyone else and be courteous.
- Don't stop traffic to be nice: It's stupid to stop all of the cars behind you just to let someone out of a parking lot. You're just illegally stopping and making everyone behind you hate you.
- Don't drive someone else's car in a snowstorm: If you're going to get into a wreck, let them wreck their car. I almost spun out while driving a friend's car at 75 on the interstate when we hit some black ice with the cruise control on, a rear-wheel-drive car.
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