Navigating Icy Roads

Published: Feb 15, 2024


Icy Roads Ahead: Strategies for Safe Winter Driving

Winter driving presents challenges and dangers, often underestimated until you have to navigate snowy, slushy, or icy roads. With the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Snow and Ice data as our guide, we’ll explore the cold, hard facts about the perils of winter weather on the roads. This article highlights the significant hazards drivers face during the colder months and provides expert advice on navigating these treacherous conditions safely. From understanding the statistical risks of winter driving to learning practical tips for staying safe, our journey is both a warning and a guide for the frosty roads ahead.

Key Takeaways

  • Search volume for “driving on icy roads tips” is up 152% in the past month.
  • 24% of weather-related vehicle crashes occur yearly on snowy, slushy, or icy pavement.
  • Over 1,300 fatalities and 116,000 injuries occur annually due to vehicle crashes on snowy, slushy, or icy pavement.
  • Over 800 fatalities and 75,000 injuries occur annually due to vehicle crashes during snowfall or sleet.

Snow and ice driving statistics infographic


  • Drivers are looking for ways to stay safe during dangerous road conditions, with search volume for “driving on icy roads tips” up 152% in the past month.
  • 24% of weather-related vehicle crashes occur yearly on snowy, slushy, or icy pavement, leading to over 1,300 fatalities and 116,000 injuries.
  • 15% of weather-related vehicle crashes happen annually during snowfall or sleet, causing over 800 fatalities and 75,000 injuries.
  • State and local agencies spend over $2.3 billion each year on snow and ice control operations in the United States.

Tips for Navigating Snowy and Icy Roads

  1. Before you go out, make sure your tires are properly filled with air and have good tread. It’s also better to drive a vehicle with 4-wheel drive in the snow for traction. If you live in a place where it snows a lot, think about getting snow tires for the winter to make driving safer and easier.
  2. When driving on snow or ice, it’s important to slow down because your car won’t grip the road as well. To keep control and avoid sliding, accelerate, drive, and stop slowly — no sudden movements. Also, don’t use cruise control when driving on slippery surfaces. This helps your tires keep their grip, prevents skids, and enhances your ability to react to unexpected situations.
  3. Increasing the distance between your car and the one in front of you on snowy or icy roads gives you more time to stop safely without risking a collision. Remember, in such conditions, stopping distances can be much longer than on dry pavement. Being patient and planning for longer travel times can also reduce the stress of winter driving and keep you safer on the road.
  4. If your journey isn’t essential, the safest option is to stay home. Avoiding unnecessary travel during severe winter conditions also reduces the strain on emergency services and road maintenance teams. Staying put during snowstorms or icy conditions allows for safer roads for those who must travel and contributes to a quicker recovery for the community.


We sourced all data from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Additionally, we obtained search volume data via Google Trends.

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