With the holidays coming up, it’s time to think about all the things that come with them. Time with family. Great meals. Snow. And, of course, driving in the snow.

Now in Michigan, driving in the snow is so ordinary we look down on other states that complain about their snowfall levels. We’re used to heavy snowfall, slippery conditions and everything that comes with it. But, still, it never hurts to think about what really works when it comes to driving in rough conditions.

Drive a little slower

It doesn’t matter if your SUV has four-wheeled-drive or not, that won’t help you stop or maneuver out of the way of an accident if you go too fast. Speed is not your friend when the conditions get bad. If you take a little extra time, your drive home will be a lot smoother.

Allow a little more room

There is some evidence that leaving room between cars helps alleviate traffic jams. But that’s not the only benefit of giving room to the cars ahead of you. In snowy conditions, safe driving is all about seeing as much as you can, as clearly as you can and giving yourself time to change lanes or stop. Tailgating is the opposite of that.

Go easy on the brakes

Say the very worst happens and a car stops in front of you, or you need to step on your breaks for some other reason. Simply forcing a stop, whether or not you have anti-lock brakes, can cause a car to lose control. The complicated relationship between tires, brakes and the road conditions are challenging to navigate on short notice.

Why risk it?

The thing about winter driving is that even the best and most experienced drivers out there cannot correct for the unexpected. When you have only a short amount of time to react to an obstacle or a change in circumstances, the snow and ice is not your friend. Car crashes and truck accidents cause untold numbers of catastrophic injuries every single year. Maybe the next time the weather gets bad, if you can, just stay home.