How To Drive In Whiteout Conditions
Wind and snow can create dangerous whiteout driving conditions. We've put together some tips to help get you to your destination safely.
If you're sure there are whiteout conditions the best thing to do is not drive, but if you must go out give yourself lots of extra time. Here are some tips if you're caught driving in whiteout conditions.
- See and be seen. If you can’t see others, they can’t see you. Make sure your headlights are on.
- Drive carefully avoiding any overcorrecting or quick braking.
- Be aware of vehicles around you. Increase the distance to the car in front as you will need more room to stop if it does.
- No changing lanes or passing drivers.
- Do not use cruise control.
- Be patient. Patience is a virtue in these circumstances. Avoid passing.
- Stop if conditions get too bad. When you see vehicles disappearing into heavy snow or a whiteout, do not follow them into it. Find a place to pull completely off safely, put on your four-way flashers and sit it out.