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Safe Driving in Wintry Conditions

AAA suggests the below tips when driving in icy and snowy conditions:

Tips for Driving in Cold Weather

  • Don’t use cruise control while travelling on any slippery surface, like on snow and ice.
  • Never warm up your automobile in an enclosed space, like a garage.
  • Keep a half a tank of fuel inside your car at all times.
  • Be certain that tires have plenty of tread and are inflated properly.
  • Keep a bundle of cold weather gear inside your vehicle, like extra water and food, warm clothes, a glass scraper, a flashlight, medications, blankets, and much more.

Tips for Travelling in the Snow

  • If you can avoid it, do not stop. There is a huge difference in the quantity of inertia it’ll take to begin to move from a full stop vs. how much it’ll take to get moving while still rolling. If it’s possible to slow down sufficiently enough to keep going until a traffic light changes, do it.
  • Know your car’s brakes. Whether or not you have antilock brakes, keep the heel of the foot on the floor and utilize the ball of your foot to apply steady, firm pressure on the pedal of the brakes.
  • Increase your following distance to 5 – 6 seconds. The increased margin of safety will offer the longer distance necessary if you need to stop.
  • Slowly decelerate and accelerate. Slowly apply the gas to regain traction and avoid skids. Do not try and move in a rush and take time to slow down for stoplights.
  • Slowly drive. Always adjust your speed down in order to account for lower traction while driving on ice or snow.
  • Stay home. Just head out if necessary. Even if it’s possible to travel well in bad weather, it is best to avoid taking unneeded risks by going out.

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