As the first winter snow blankets the Midwest, let’s review some tips about driving in snow. After all, you would hate to mar your upcoming holiday celebrations by getting in to an accident.

With that in mind, the following advice could prove helpful.

Use snow tires

If you don’t have them on your car yet, it’s time to do so. Snow tires provide the increased traction that you need when driving through snow and on ice.

Drive smoothly

In the snow and on ice, drive as if you have an open cup of very hot coffee in your lap. The reason is that smooth steering transitions in turns and smooth braking help your car remain in contact with the surface of the road.

Look ahead

Paying close attention to what is happening down the road alerts you to dangerous pile-ups that can prove deadly to drivers.

Be careful in skids

Divert your eyes to where you want the car to go and not where the skid is taking it. Professional racers know that in a skid, they can wind up where they are looking.

Steer and brake simultaneously

Anti-lock brakes are now standard on all newer model vehicles. While it’s best to brake slowly, in a true emergency on ice or snow, you might not have that luxury. Depress the brake all the way to the floor but continue to steer around cars and other obstacles as needed.

If another driver strikes your car, you will need to file a claim for damages. It’s essential to seek the compensation you need. An experienced attorney can help.