Each year, winter driving conditions resulted in 116,000 injuries and 1,300 deaths.

In many places around the country, the leaves have changed, and in others, the leaves are now on the ground. Tha can only mean one thing: winter is just around the corner. Depending where you fit into the automotive world, it could mean getting the plow hooked up for the first storm of the season, getting the winter tires out of winter storage, or planning that road trip down south. No matter what your plans are, winter driving takes some preparation.

Our friends over at BestRide have put together an extensive Guide to Winter Driving. According to their research, 70 percent of all roads in the United States experience snowfall of at least five inches in a given winter season, and not everyone is prepared. Each year, winter driving conditions resulted in 116,000 injuries and 1,300 deaths. Not enough attention is paid to winter driving in drivers’ ed. class, with just 201 words devoted to the subject in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts official driver handbook. That means that the rest is up to you, and so this winter driving guide serves as a great way to fill in the gaps. 

Winter Driving Guide: Data Says Most of Us Are Unprepared

BestRide went to the Team O’Neil Rally School (shown above), a place we’ve been to in the past, and checked out a series of winter skid pads. They talked winter tires with various tire experts, including representatives from Tire Rack and Michelin. There are tips on how to “see and be seen” on a snowy road as well as plenty more winter driving tips from the guys at CarTalk. You might not drop money on a set of winter tires this season (you really should), but you can save yourself some serious hardship of getting your car stuck–or worse–by reading through the Guide to Winter Driving and taking heed to its many lessons!