Rule No. 1 for driving in a blizzard is this: Don't do it unless there's no way out. Blizzards are no fun, visibility is often reduced to a few feet, roads are often covered completely so they are hard to follow, and getting stuck in a blizzard can have dire consequences.

So stay home. People die in blizzards.

If you can't stay off the road, drive very slowly; make sure your car has snow tires with chains on or in the trunk; make sure you have a full tank of gas; extra clothing; flashlight; food and water; extra windshield cleaner, and emergency flares.

Keep a greater distance from the car ahead, start slowing sooner for stops and turns, check traction periodically by tapping the brakes, and stay aware of conditions outside the car.

If a car starts to slide when the brakes are applied, stop braking immediately, and apply the brakes again, but more slowly.

Steer into skids - which means if your car is sliding to the right, turn the wheel to the right until you have control, then gently steer back onto the road. Often there's time to pull off this maneuver; sometimes there isn't.

The American Automobile Association advises drivers to check weather forecasts before setting out, especially on long trips in isolated areas. Drivers should tell family or friends what route they plan to take, and when they expect to arrive, and bring a mobile phone.

Should drivers become snowbound, AAA advises they should stay with their cars as it offers protection from the storm, and is easier for emergency vehicles to spot, especially with a bright marker attached to the tip of the antenna. Under no circumstances should stranded motorists abandon their vehicles and set out on foot in a blizzard. Make sure the exhaust pipe is clear, and run the engine for brief periods, to warm the car while conserving gasoline.