Originally posted by Stock04Intrepid
Actually, you should have driven faster. If you go fast enough, the tires will get warmer, and the warm tires will melt thru the snow and ice and end up driving along slightly wet pavement. Next time do that, and I guarantee you that you won't have to think twice about "corrections".
That's not a uniformly-applicable solution. Believe me, when the temperature is close to zero (or below), heat from the tires isn't going to help you one bit. Even when it's warmer, any affect the heat from the tires has, especially on ice, is to make a thin layer of water on top of the ice.... making the situation worse.
Driving faster in snowy/icy conditions is just foolish.
Just after Christmas, we had some snow around here. I was driving home from work on a fairly crowded 2-lane highway. The snow was, for the most part, melting as soon as it hit the road. Nonetheless, traffic was going 35-40. I decided it was best to keep a very sizeable distance between me and the car ahead of me. I'm really glad I did. Everyone had to slow down even more, and just as I tried, I noticed that the section of road I was on had ice. I fishtailed and swung the car quite a bit. I was going about 30mph... so the fishtailing wasn't dramatic. I let off the brakes and steered the car back the right way.
If I had been driving faster, even with fairly warm temps and my tires fairly warm from a 30-minute commute, I'd still have hit the car in front of me... and hit them pretty hard.