It seems like the first (real) snowstorm of the year always serves as a reminder that everyone forgot to how drive in the snow, right? Of course, driving during a crazy snow day can be one of the scariest things ever. It's the WORST feeling to hit your breaks and realize your car isn't stopping.

Here are some things that can be part of your game plan during this and every winter season, according to AAA:

First, and it should be obvious, drive slowly. Don't slow down to the point that you're causing traffic to slow down, but maintain a safe, constant speed to get to your destination safely

Don't ever try setting your car on cruise control because hitting an icy area can cause you to lose control. Yeah, think about it. The car doesn't know it's over ice and it'll accelerate, reminds us.

Another thing you might want to figure out is if your car has anti-lock brakes. If it doesn't, when braking on snow or ice make sure you keep pumping your brakes to make sure you don't lose control, shares.

For all vehicles with anti-lock brakes, while braking on icy roads make sure you hold your brakes down firmly.

closeup of a car wheel going through snow
Credit: Flyparade

An important one you should know is, DO NOT hit your brakes if you start skidding. Rather than braking make sure you turn your wheels towards the desired direction for safety.

It's the first snow of the season, so it can be stressful to remember these tips, but staying focused will allow all of us to stay safe today and throughout the winter).

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