Driving in Mississippi in the Winter

When it comes to snow, Mississippians fall into one of two camps: you love it, or you hate it. Love it or not, winter has come to Mississippi. Mid-November, just as everyone was preparing their plans for Thanksgiving and beginning to get into the holiday spirit, a wintery mix of snow and ice blew in. School schedules were adjusted accordingly to reduce the number of people on the roads.

If there's one thing we know about snow and ice in Mississippi, it makes for unpleasant driving conditions, at best.

While it's not uncommon to have snow in Mississippi, it's also not something all of us are accustomed to. For this reason, snow and ice often bring car accidents. Here are some tips to keep you and your loved ones safe this winter.

3 winter driving tips:

  • Know your vehicle: How your car responds to your commands in wintery conditions depends on if it's all-wheel, front-wheel or rear-wheel drive. If you don't know, ask a professional. Often, drivers must adjust their style to the car.
  • Maintain your vehicle: Being prepared for wintery driving conditions can go a long way to keeping you safe. Maintain proper tire pressure, fill your washer fluid and make sure your battery has enough life in it.
  • Double your following distance: One very common mistake drivers make in the snow and ice is following too closely for the conditions. It can take significantly more space to bring your vehicle to a stop. Doubling the following distance could save you from an accident.

When you and your loved ones are traveling this winter, put these driving tips to use and encourage everyone you know to do the same. It's true that each involve time and perhaps money, but there is nothing more important than your safety.

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