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Snow and Ice Tips?

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Hey I've been driving in the snow and Ice for years now in the Mountains of Washington State, but I thought it might be interesting to hear what tips you all have for better driving in the snow and ice, both for commuting and for fun!
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All of my snow/ice driving has been going to, and returning from, the Lake Tahoe area (norcal) to go snowboarding.

Along with what others here have mentioned... I'd say:
1. increase following distance: better to be too far back, than not far back enough

2. let that speed demon behind you pass -- so you can help him when he slides off the road... I've lost count of the number of times some dork has rolled up doing 60+ in snowy conditions, blown past me, and slid/spun out a couple of turns ahead.

3. try to have a plan in your head, about what you'll do if/when you start to slide/lose traction... Sometimes, shtuff happens (trust me: my buddy and I slid out and rolled his 4runner going uphill doing less than 20mph. Road looked dry as an AA mtg, but when we walked across it, it was a 4-lane sheet of ice).

4. if you do lose traction: use small corrections -- slamming on the breaks, punching the gas, cranking the steering wheel all the way in "the other direction" usually makes a bad situation worse.

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