What goes through your head...
...when you look outside and see that majestic white snow covering everything in sight? If you have somewhere to travel that day, your first thought is probably "I need a snowmobile". Unfortunately most folks don't have the privilege of owning such a phenomenal vehicle. I'm here to tell you how to survive (and maybe even thrive) with a regular car (4 wheel drive is definitely ideal). Don't let yourself get worked up about hazardous driving conditions...take these tips one step at a time and you'll be good to go!
1 - Start the car and blast the HEAT on defrost mode
This part can be difficult based on your circumstances, but it's essential in the bigger scope of things to do this as early as possible. You want as much ice/snow to start melting on your windshield so its easier to scrape off. Then you would obviously scrape off the windshield, all windows, and side mirrors. Plus there's the advantage of your car interior being warm when you get in and you can defrost your wet and frozen fingers.
2 - Don't stray from the grooves
This might be the most overlooked aspect of driving in snow/slush/sleet/ice. When there is a decent amount of accumulation, grooves are formed in the road where people have previously driven. Because the snow built up next to these grooves is usually piled high and/or packed down, it's extremely difficult to turn your wheels. So if you see a bend in the road, focus on staying in the grooves!
3 - Drive as if you are being held hostage
In order to be as SAFE as possible, use the same mindset you'd use if someone had a gun pointed at you. NO SUDDEN MOVEMENTS! Accelerating, braking, and turning should all be done extremely slowly and carefully. Don't ever slam on the brakes, floor the accelerator, or jerk the wheel if you don't absolutely have to. Stay 50 feet away from any other cars if at all possible, and use your hazard lights if conditions are blizzard-like.
If you've been that person stuck in a ditch (I have), here's to hoping you'll never experience that again and you can be the one helping people out of ditches from here on out!