Safe driving tips for winter weather conditions

Nov 15, 2023 2 min read

Don't lose your cool when winter weather makes road conditions less than ideal. Get a grip with these winter driving tips that will help you Getaround safely all winter long.

Top Traction Tips

  • Never use cruise control on slippery roads.
  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly for the best traction, and never drive in a hurry.
  • When going up hills, don’t accelerate excessively, and don't stop mid-hill.
  • Put more space between you and other cars on the road, and give yourself additional space to make a complete stop.

Winter Words of Wisdom

  • Run the engine and heater just long enough to remove chill before your trip.
  • Avoid using the parking brake in extremely cold weather.
  • Keep your gas tank at least half-full to avoid gas line freeze-up.
  • Check to make sure your exhaust pipe does not become clogged with snow — that could cause deadly carbon monoxide to leak into the cabin.
  • Stay informed with weather reports along your route, especially before long distance travel. Consider staying off the road if conditions are really bad.

In Case of Emergency

  • Pack blankets, gloves, hats, food, water, and medication into an emergency pack.
  • If you become snow-bound: stay with your vehicle, it’s the warmest, safest shelter if you’re stuck.
  • Tie a bright piece of cloth to your antenna or window to signal distress.
  • Insulate with whatever you can find in the car (car mats, newspaper, etc).

Now you're prepared for most any inclement driving weather — but if you find your mode of transportation ill-equipped to battle the elements, open up the Getaround app and book an AWD vehicle or SUV for your travels. And as always, drive safely and wear your seat belt!