How to Get More Traction in Snow and Ice
by SWERVE Driving School
The lack of traction is the biggest challenge in snowy driving conditions.
- If you drive a rear-wheel-drive vehicle, you may be able to help its forward traction by adding weight to the trunk. Put the extra weight in the trunk as far forward as possible.
- Don't add weight to the rear of a front-wheel-drive car. It not only won't help, it's dangerous.
- Keep up your momentum. Once you stop in deep snow or slippery ice your chances of getting going again are reduced.
- Try to keep the car moving at all times, even if it means just crawling along at a couple of miles per hour.
- Be careful not to have too much momentum. Your stopping power is much reduced as well.