If you’re planning on going to the mountains this winter, you should definitely take a look at these 5 Winter Driving Safety Tips, courtesy of Telesis Collision Center in Palmdale.

1 Check Your Tires
When it comes to driving on snow and ice, traction is the name of the game. Ensure that your tires are in good shape before you head to the snow. Double-check tread depth with the penny test and make sure to take a look at the tire pressure.

2 Plan Ahead
Before you hit the road this, make sure to check the weather forecast. If officials are advising you to stay off the roads, you may want to reconsider that night out on the town you had planned. Dress warm and pack your emergency kit, just in case you get stranded and make sure to give your car time to warm up before you head out.

3 Take It Slow
The number one rule of winter driving safety is — Slow Down. Give yourself more time to accelerate and brake when you’re on snow and ice. Don’t dart into traffic, and add extra distance, when following another vehicle. Try to avoid sudden braking, accelerating or sharp turns.

4 Know What To Do When You Slide
It’s important to your safety that you know what to do in the event of a skid or slide. When you lose traction and slide, it’s imperative that you steer into the skid, let off the gas, and pump the brakes. This should help you regain traction and will help you stay safe on the road.

5 Take a Winter Test Drive
When the snow starts to fall, go out and take a winter test drive. Find an empty parking lot and re-acclimate yourself to winter driving. It’s easy to forget how dangerous driving on snow and ice can be if it’s been a year or more since you last had to. Test out acceleration, braking and steering in a safe environment.

From the team at Telesis Collision Center, drive safe this New Year.