If you’re coming up for the holidays or later this winter to ski or just enjoy the snow, here are some winter driving tips from ADOT that can help you navigate the roads safely.

  • Slow down, be patient and drive safely. Plan for extra travel time. Use extra caution if snowplows are on the road.
  • Wear warm clothing.
  • Be aware that ice forms on bridges first and is hard to see.
  • When driving behind a snowplow, stay back at least four car lengths. If you think you’re traveling too close to a plow, you probably are.
  • Never pass a snowplow that’s clearing snow and ice off the road.
  • Make sure your tank is at least three-quarters full.
  • Notify someone of your route, destination and expected arrival time.
  • Pack an emergency preparedness kit that includes blankets, extra clothes, a flashlight, an ice scraper, a shovel, sand for traction, a fully charged cellphone and hazard warning lights or reflectors.
  • Brake slowly to avoid panic braking or jerking the steering wheel.
  • Increase the distance between you and traffic ahead.
  • Carry plenty of food and water, as well as any medications you need.
  • Carry tire chains and snow cables, or use snow tires.

For more information on driving in wintry conditions, please visit azdot.gov/KnowSnow.

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