Out on the road, drivers must make the right decisions at the right time. If their vehicle starts to skid on an icy road, will they have the knowledge and skills needed to handle the situation safely?

How good is your winter driving safety expertise? Try our 10-question, multiple-choice quiz below. We’ve included the answers at the bottom of this post (but we trust you not to peek).

Test your knowledge or grab some ideas for your next driver safety meeting.

Warning: the last three questions are the toughest. A majority of participants answer incorrectly!winter driving safety tips

Winter Driving Safety Quiz

1). True or False: reducing the air pressure in your tires improves traction.
A) True
B) False

2). Below are the four most common reasons a vehicle will skid. Which is the most common?
A) Driving too fast
B) Excessive braking/decelerating too quickly for the conditions
C) Over-steering
D) Over acceleration

3). What should drivers do if their vehicle starts to skid?
A) Brake lightly, ease off the accelerator, steer toward a reference point and into the skid
B) Ease off the accelerator, steer toward a reference point and into the skid
C) Honk your horn to alert others and steer away from oncoming traffic

4). Where is black ice most likely to form?
A) At the top of a hill
B) On lesser-used roads
C) On bridges and in shady areas
D) In parking lots and driveway

5). In winter, drivers should never let the fuel level in their vehicle drop below:
A) 10%
B) 25%
C) 30%

6). When bad weather is in the forecast, what should drivers do every time they take a break or fuel up?
A) Check weather conditions
B) Ensure windows, lights and reflectors are free from snow, ice and grime
C) Check their hat hair
D) A & B

7). Which of the two common incidents below happens most often?
A) A vehicle collision
B) An out-of-vehicle slip and fall

8). On which day of the week are drivers most likely to have a deadly collision?
A) Thursday
B) Friday
C) Saturday

9). When driving on snowy or icy roads, how much longer does it typically take to stop?
A) 3 times longer
B) 5 times longer
C) 10 times longer
D) 20 times longer

10). When driving on a wet road, drivers should:
A) Reduce their speed at least 10%
B) Reduce their speed at least 15%
C) Reduce their speed at least 25%

Winter Safety Quiz Answers

Compare your answers with the correct responses below:

1). True or False: reducing tire air pressure improves traction.
B) False. Reducing air pressure doesn’t improve traction. It reduces steering ability and can cause a blowout if the tire overheats.

2). What is the most common reason a vehicle will skid?
A) Driving too fast. Going fast is easy, it’s stopping that’s a challenge.

3). What should drivers do if their vehicle starts to skid?
B) Ease off the accelerator, steer toward a reference point and into the skid.
If the vehicle has a manual transmission, the driver can slowly depress the clutch pedal while slowly easing off the accelerator.

4). Where is black ice most likely to form?
C) On bridges and in shady areas.

5). In winter, drivers should never let their fuel level drop below:
B) 25%. Ideally, drivers should fuel up every night, for two reasons:

  1. A full tank reduces condensation that can plug up the fuel line.
  2. If road conditions take a turn for the worse, it’s better to have plenty of fuel versus taking the chance of running out of gas.

6). When bad weather is in the forecast, what should drivers do every time they take a break or fuel up?
D) Check weather conditions and the vehicle’s headlights and reflectors. Weather conditions can change throughout the day. Drivers should check for updates whenever they stop for fuel or a rest break. At every stop, they should remove accumulated snow, ice and road grime from windows, lights and reflectors to get the best possible visibility and ensure the vehicle is visible to other drivers. Keeping lights and reflectors clean can also help commercial drivers avoid getting pulled over. Observable defects are the primary reason for DOT inspections. Experienced drivers often carry spare bulbs and fuses.

7). Which of these two common incidents is more likely:
B) An out-of-vehicle slip and fall. Slips and falls are the #1 cause of driver injuries. 22% of those injuries are serious enough that drivers miss 30+ days of work.

*** NOTE: the three questions below are the ones many participants get wrong. If you answered one or more of these correctly, kudos to you, safety pro!

8). On what day of the week are drivers most likely to have a deadly collision?
C) Saturday is the most common day for fatal collisions in winter, and the odds spike during winter holidays. Friday is the most dangerous day of the work week. (83% of participants don’t know the correct answer to this question)

9). When driving on snowy or icy roads, how much longer does it typically take to stop?
C) 10 times longer. (60% of participants get this one wrong)

10). When driving on a wet road, drivers should:
C) Reduce their speed at least 25%. EXAMPLE: If you’d drive 55 mph in ideal conditions, reduce speed to 40 mph when the road is wet. (57% of participants get this question wrong)

More Winter Driving Safety Tips and Resources

Do your drivers know how to stay safe on slippery streets? Use the quiz questions above to test their knowledge and share important safety tips.

When drivers know how to make safe choices out on the road, it reduces the likelihood of preventable crashes and claims. If you don’t have time to create a winter safety training plan from scratch, we can help. Our free winter driving safety resources include a list of essential training topics to cover (and much more).

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Want more winter driver safety tips and safety messages you can share with employees?
Infographic: Winter Driving Statistics Every Driver Should Know
Checklist: How Good Is Your Winter Safety Policy?