Be Ice Smart
The kinds of common-sense things we do in regard to ice at any time of year make twice the sense in winter, when you're more likely to accumulate ice and far more likely to pick up the worst kind, freezing rain. Even if you're in an airplane not equipped for flight into known icing, you need to avoid it and, if you get surprised, get out of it quickly, even if that means turning around and going back to where there was no ice before. If you do inadvertently pick up ice and can't escape it easily, then be smart. Tell the controller that you're picking up ice and seek help in finding an altitude that's ice-free. With freezing rain, that can be a higher altitude, though a smooth 180 as soon as you start picking up clear ice, if possible, is almost always a better bet. If you do pick up ice that you can't shed, when you come in to land, keep your speed up — ice increases your stalling speed, though by how much is hard to tell, so be conservative. Also, limit, if possible, the use of flaps. More than one iced-up airplane has been on approach and under control only to stall suddenly when flaps were applied.