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Driving in the snow can be very dangerous and frightening! Here are some tips for safe drive in the winter weather and things to be cautious while driving in the snow.

Tips for Safe Winter Driving!

Before you Drive
Let's go for a drive! But wait a minute...
Be prepared for driving on a snowy road before you go!

Remove snow on the vehicle!

Make sure to completely remove the snow on the roof, windshield, hood, turn signals, taillight, and headlight. If you have snow piled up on the roof, and brake suddenly, the snow could fall on to the windshield and block your view.

Before you get into the car, shake off the snow from your shoes!

Snow-covered shoes could cause the change in your sensitivity when stepping on the gas, brake or clutch. Moreover, your foot could slip on the pedals and encounter some dangerous situation. Make sure to shake off the snow from your shoes before you get in the car.

Parking Stopping
Dangers in stopping and parking...
Learn the danger in parking and stopping in advance!

Try to avoid stopping on the shoulder of road!

Gutter on the road shoulder could be covered with snow and tires could get caught in the gutter. Skidded car that lost its control could crash into your car. Even for a cell phone use or loading passenger, try to avoid stopping on the shoulder as much as possible. But if you really have to stop, make sure to put the emergency light on.

Do not use parking brake!

If you park the car for a long time in the snowy regions, parking brake could get frozen and could not be released. Try to avoid using the parking brake, and leave the car shift in Park(P) position for AT vehicle, or in first gear (or Reverse) for MT vehicle.

Leave the windshield wipers up!

If yu are going to park the car outside for a long period of time, leave the windshield wipers up. It would be easier to clear the snow on the windshield before you drive. If you leave the wipers down, the rubber parts of the wipers could freeze to the windshield, and could be hard to come off.

One-Point Advice

Driving in the winter will lower the gas mileage, and increase the fuel consumption.
If you are going to drive a long distance, make sure to refuel often!

Driving on a snowy road could pose many risks to the driver...
Learn what to be careful about when driving in the snow!

NO sudden movements!

It is important to anticipate and prepare for stops and turns on a snowy road, and avoid any unexpected sudden movements.
Skidding could make the car out of control and could end up in a collision accident. Remember to accelarate gently, turn slowly, and brake carefully and early on a snowy road.


Keep safe distance from the car in front of you!

Icy surface is 10 times more slippery than dry surface. Keeping the normal following distance is very dangerous. Make sure to "triple" your normal following distnace so that you can control the car calmly and avoid collisions.

Distance between two cars

Always drive with the headlights on!

Keep the headlights on even in the daylight, as well as in the low visibility conditions and night time. Not only does this improve your visibility, but also it makes yourself visible to other drivers and pedestrians. To prevent car accident, drive with the headlights on even in the daylight.

Be aware of icy surfaces at certain spots!

The following spots will easily freeze. Please be extra careful when driving these spots!

  • Intersection and its surrounding area
  • Bridges and overpasses
  • Shaded mountain roads
  • Rutted roads
  • Near the entrance of a tunnel
One-Point Advice

Be aware of "BLACK ICE"! "Black ice" is a thin coating of ice on a surface, and the road looks like wet. It is very hard to tell black ice from asphalt. When you see a black shiny road, assume that it is black ice and drive slowly. On an icy road like this, snow tires can lose traction. Be especially careful when driving at night and in the early morning.



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