Winter Driving Tips

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Winter Driving Tips from AAA

Here are a few recommendations from NDOT:


  • Only travel in winter weather when necessary, leave enough time to safely reach your destination, and plan your route to avoid snowy/icy areas and steep hills
  • Before driving, check weather and road conditions by dialing 511 within Nevada (or 1-877-NV-ROADS outside of Nevada)
  • Share your travel itinerary so others know when to expect you
  • Remove snow and ice from all vehicle windows, mirrors, lights, turn signals, and license plates
  • Buckle up
  • Turn on headlights to see and be seen
  • Turn off the cruise control
  • Avoid quick starts, stops, and fast turns. Accelerate, brake, and steer smoothly and gradually
  • Reduce speed. Speed limits are based on normal road and weather conditions, not winter road conditions
  • Do not slam on the brakes. Apply steady pressure on ABS-equipped vehicles and pump the brakes if necessary on non-ABS vehicles
  • Always comply with all posted chain requirements
  • If your vehicle has snow tires, install and use them between October 1 and April 30
  • Keep additional distance from other vehicles
  • Watch carefully for snow removal equipment
  • Do not pass without good distance and sight clearance
  • Use extra caution on bridges, ramps, overpasses, and shaded areas- they may freeze first
  • Maintain a high fuel level
  • If the vehicle begins to skid, steer in direction of slide and slowly remove the foot from the accelerator
  • Be aware of black ice
  • If parked or stuck in the snow, leave a window slightly cracked for ventilation and make sure the vehicle exhaust system is clear of snow
  • Always carry tire chains, especially when traveling in mountain passes or typically snowy areas
  • Remember: 4-wheel-drive vehicles cannot necessarily turn or stop any better than 2-wheel-drive vehicles


  • Tire chains / tow strap
  • Flashlight
  • Spare batteries
  • Ice scraper
  • Cell phone for emergency communication (do not use while driving)
  • Snow shovel
  • Flares
  • Jumper cables
  • Small bag of sand for wheel traction
  • Extra winter clothes / coat / gloves / socks
  • Blanket or sleeping bag
  • Non-perishable foods / water
  • First aid supplies / prescription medication
  • Battery-operated radio
  • Candles / matches or lighter
  • State map for navigation in event of winter detour


  • Use caution when following, passing, or approaching snow removal equipment
  • Drive a safe distance behind snowplows. Plows often travel slower than other vehicles to remove snow, apply sand and liquid anti-icers and assist stranded vehicles
  • Before attempting to pass snow removal equipment, check the direction of snow discharge to avoid snow and debris thrown from the equipment. Remember that plows are wider than most vehicles and portions of the plow and blade may be obscured by blowing snow
  • Don’t crowd the plow.
  • Only pass snow removal vehicles when a safe, legal passing area is available and adequately clear of snow and/or treated with salt and sand
  • Don’t travel beside a snowplow. They can shift sideways after hitting snowpacks or drifts
  • When a plow approaches you, allow the plow room to operate by reducing speed and moving to the right side of the road if there is room to safely do so
  • Do not brake with unnecessary sudden movements when in front of a snowplow – plows cannot stop as quickly as an automobile
  • Don’t drive through whiteout conditions caused by swirling snow around a snow plow. Safely pull to the side or slow to allow visibility to improve
  • Remember that a snowplow operator’s field of vision is restricted. You may see them, but they may not see you