To all of our East Coast Aetolians about to face two feet of snow or better: Please be safe! Here are some tips I've amassed, whilst living in Ohio my whole life. They may help you.
DRIVING IN SNOW:
1. Snow means you have less traction. Less traction means less stopping ability and less going ability. Keep this in mind.
2. PLAN. YOUR. STOPS. Don't just slam on your brakes a few seconds before the need to stop. This will send you sailing right on past where you wanted to stop at, and likely you will rear end someone in the unpleasant way. Instead, visualize where you want to actually stop, and begin applying the brakes in short taps at least two car-lengths behind where you normally would.
2A. NEVER. SLAM. ON. BRAKES. I don't care if you have anti-lock brakes and 4-wheel
drive. Don't do it. You'll lock your brakes and you'll start sliding and then there will
be freaking out. Just tap on them, apply, apply, apply, apply....annnnd stopped.
Whoo, you're not dead.
3. Invest in a bag of cheap kitty litter. Nothing fancy, we're talking straight up clay substance. Keep it in your trunk. This isn't for weight, this is for traction when there isn't any. You could use snow melt and salt for this but why waste it when what you're really after is grip?
This is especially good when you're parked in a spot that your car is laughing at you about.
4. If you're stuck in a parking location: DO. NOT. SPIN. TIRES. All that does is create ice under where your tire is hitting the snow, thus making it worse. Put it in drive and pull up as much as you can. Get that kitty litter behind all four tires, and begin backing up. Stuck again? pull forward again. Back up again. Pull forward, back up. Don't gun it, gunning it will never help. Steady pressure.
5. In case of high winds with your snow: Don't unicorns drive. Winds and snow = white out conditions where you can't see the road. As we all know: Seeing is important when driving. Unless you're bleeding uncontrollably and an EMT can't get to you before you die and the only way is for you to live is for you to drive in these conditions . . . Don't! Wait until the blowing calms down to 10-20 mph.
6. If you have to drive in it, remember: Slow and steady. Those people that will be impatient dicks? Laugh when they are in the ditch while you sail by.
7. Make sure you have in your car: A blanket. A pillow. A few bottles of water (they can thaw with you in the front seat if they're frozen over), a flare, a car charger for your phone, an extra hoodie, some granola bars, and that kitty litter before. If you end up being that dick in the ditch, you may be able to get yourself out by the kitty litter method. If not, you want to be comfortable and warm while you wait for savior.
8. Animals are cold too. If you're warming your car up, you might find a critter where it's not supposed to be. sad fact is, stray cats climb into car engines. Make some extra noise around your car when you're scraping ice off the windshield to wake up and dislodge any critters that might have found their way to a warm spot.