Why is it that when the first snowflake falls, everyone forgets how to drive? Well, there is no way you can prevent that from happening, but you can do your part to not be one of those drivers by adjusting to changing weather conditions.
Does your car have traction control? Use it. Traction control allows your vehicle to gain traction on icy, wet, or snowy surfaces, especially when you accelerate from a slowed or stopped position or while going uphill. This feature is often standard on many vehicles.
The National Safety Council and the University of Iowa developed My Car Does What? To help educate drivers on emerging vehicle safety techniques, available here.
Your car’s technology notwithstanding, keep a few things in mind when you drive. Always check the weather before you depart. This way, you can make adjustments if you think you will need more time to get where you want to go. If you decide to warm up your car before you leave, do not leave a running vehicle in an enclosed area such as a garage to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. And if the weather looks really bad, consider forgoing your trip altogether.